ERIC Number: ED401074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Looking at Rural Schools and Communities in the 21st Century: The Impact of Changing Demographics and Economics.
Ward, James G.
This paper discusses recent demographic and economic trends in Illinois and nationwide and resulting implications for rural schools and communities. Economic and social trends and their impacts on rural schools over the next decade include: (1) a more diverse school population due to growing numbers of Asian and Hispanic immigrants; (2) a greater percentage of public school students who are poor and living in rural areas; (3) greater utilization of computer technology in schools; (4) an emphasis on students developing critical thinking and other higher level skills; (5) regionalization of national economies that requires schools to prepare students for high-skill, high-wage jobs; (6) a growing gap between educational resources of rural and urban schools that requires public policy to respond to rural demographic and economic changes; and (7) increased crime and violence in public schools. The role of public schools, particularly rural schools, will become markedly different due to these trends. Speculations include that schools will become centers of coordinated social services for children, schools will develop into learning centers for all community members, curricula will become standardized and coordinated with curricula of higher education institutions, traditional comprehensive high schools will disappear allowing flexibility in how students complete their education, fiscal responsibility for public education will shift to state and federal levels, and greater controversy will surround school policies as schools become instruments of social change. (LP)
Descriptors: Economic Change, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Minority Groups, Population Trends, Poverty, Public Schools, Role of Education, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, School Role, Social Change
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois