ERIC Number: ED409388
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Urbanization in the Northwest. Issues and Implications for Policy.
In the Northwest, as across the rest of the United States, the basic characteristics of the U.S. household are changing. In demographic and economic terms, the Northwest is at the forefront of changes predicted for the entire country in the coming century. Urbanization is occurring in a region that was once defined by the relationship of human society with nature. To set policy for the region's increasingly urbanized educational institutions, it is necessary to focus on the changes now occurring in the region's high growth communities. Economic forecasts and demographic predictions signal a need to reassess existing school funding policies. Given a shrinking tax base, the onus for reinventing educational programs often fall on educational institutions. Coupled with community reluctance to recognize and respond to the new diversity of the Northwestern population, the schools may face problems related to public dissociation from the schools. Creating a school culture in which all may participate may be Northwest educators' most demanding task. The social complexities of increased population density, such as violence, are beginning to have an impact in the Northwest. Policymakers will need to find a way to capitalize on diversity, promote safe and civil learning environments, and provide for 21st century learners through multicultural approaches and educational technology. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.