ERIC Number: ED313185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Doing More for More: Hispanic Issues for Texas and the Nation.
This booklet reprints a speech presented by the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas about the immediate American future and the part that education can play in preparing for it. Demographic studies show that America in the year 2000 will be older and more ethnic. The projected increase in single parent families will produce more children in crisis due to poverty, and child abuse and suicide. Rising medical costs, decline of the middle class, decline in relative international economic power, and technological advances all contribute to the increasing disparity between the richest and poorest citizens. Increasing conservatism will cause a decline in federal programs, particularly social services. Inability of local governments to supply such programs will leave the problems, by default, to private agencies. This eventuality could lead to the identification by citizens of cities as the focus for creating a positive quality of life. Decentralization of responsibility for quality of life will be one of the central themes of the coming era; coalitions of businesses, colleges, schools, and community and business organizations can best meet educational needs created by demographic and economic change. Another important theme of the next several decades might be called the "Latinization of America," as the rapidly growing Hispanic population adds a new dimension to American culture. (DHP)
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Hispanic Americans, Planning, Population Trends, Public Policy, Relevance (Education), Social Change, Trend Analysis
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78713-7998.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.