ERIC Number: ED304350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun-27
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Face of America: Population, Education, and Socio-Economic. Manpower Report 87-6.
Lisack, J. P.
This Manpower Report presents charts and graphs that reflect the increased growth of U.S. minority populations and discusses this growth in terms of population distribution and change, education, socio-economic trends, employment trends, and literacy. By the year 2000, the U.S. population will be less than 76 percent White and more than 24 percent minority. The minority student populations of Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are rapidly increasing, especially in urban areas. Their school graduation rates remain low while their dropout rates continue to rise. The academic achievement of these minority students is well below that of most White students. The percentage of Blacks and Hispanic students living in poverty is high. Unwed teenage pregnancies are rising, and a recent study links academic failure with teenage pregnancies. Nearly one-half of Black households are headed by a female and more than two-thirds of all children living in female-headed households receive government assistance. Education level is linked to employment, and future workers without any post-secondary education or training are likely to find themselves employed in temporary positions or unemployed. Any discussion of employment and workers must include the serious problem of illiteracy (defined as reading below the eighth grade level) and its impact on the economy. It is estimated that 13 percent of the U.S. adult population may be illiterate and 40 percent marginally illiterate. (DJC)
Descriptors: Blacks, Census Figures, Educational Status Comparison, Educationally Disadvantaged, Employment Opportunities, Functional Literacy, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Population Growth, Population Trends, Social Indicators, Socioeconomic Status, Trend Analysis
Office of Manpower Studies, Purdue University, Knoy Hall Room 379, West Lafayette, IN 47907 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Office of Manpower Studies.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the State Education Editors (San Francisco, CA, June 23-27, 1987). For related document, see ED 275 853. Graphs may not reproduce well.