ERIC Number: ED330076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Education 2000: A Visionary Odyssey.
Belcher, Brooke; DeBuse, Marjorie
OSSC Report, v31 n2 p1-9 Win 1991
In summer 1990, the conference "Education 2000: A Visionary Odyssey" was held at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. The conference aimed to provide information vital to education's future and promote collaboration among people representing all levels of education, business, the local community, and state government. This article summarizes major speakers' observations, addressing first the challenges facing us globally, on the societal level, and in education. Following a discussion of new information and possibilities for gaining insights and making necessary changes, the article suggests implications for action affecting education. Robert Ornstein, underscoring recent population growth and large-scale environmental deterioration over recent decades, faulted the human nervous system for perpetuating old-mind consciousness in a new, ever-changing world. Dee Dickinson observed that the major social, cultural, ecological, and economic problems we have helped create are difficult for old-mind beings to confront, because they are not sudden, dramatic changes. Shirley McCune envisioned the next 5 years as the most chaotic, stressful, and opportunistic ever experienced. These and other conference speakers stressed the critical need for change, the importance of vision, and the necessity of making major value shifts. Each expressed specific ideas for change and encouraged cooperation of the whole community in the educational change process. A sidebar summarizes local participants' responses. Information about next year's conference in provided. (4 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Conferences, Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Institutional Cooperation, Population Growth, Social Problems
Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 ($6.00 prepaid; $2.00 postage and handling on billed orders).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.