ERIC Number: ED317838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
On Second Thought. A Report on the 1989-1990 National Issues Forums.
National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.
This report is a summary of discussions in the fall and winter of 1989-90 in more than 1,700 community forums convened by civic and educational institutions in 47 states. Convenors included colleges and universities, churches, museums and libraries, and local civic and service organizations. The National Issues Forum is the largest ongoing effort in the United States to engage citizens in nonpartisan discussion and debate about pressing domestic issues. The three issues discussed were the drug crisis, the day care dilemma, and threats to the environment. In discussing the drug crisis, there was considerable support for stepped-up interdiction efforts, for expanding domestic law enforcement efforts against drug sellers, for expanded efforts to discourage drug use, and, if necessary, for aggressive prosecution of drug users. The most widespread concerns in discussing day care were the absence of high-quality child care services, not their cost, and the lack of federal regulations to cover the care of young children. In discussing threats to the environment, those who opposed building more nuclear power plants outnumbered those who favored doing so by a slight margin; roughly three-fourths of the participants favored increasing government funding to spur development of solar energy; and most participants would agree to a tax increase for development of solar energy and to provide additional mass transit in urban areas, in order to reduce air pollution caused by gasoline-fueled vehicles. A directory of convenors is included in the document. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Appropriate Technology, Citizen Participation, Continuing Education, Day Care, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Drug Legislation, Ecology, Environmental Education, Law Enforcement, Nuclear Energy, Public Affairs Education, Public Opinion, Quality of Life, Resources, Social Attitudes, Solar Energy, Taxes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.