A futures study on the effects of population, industrial growth, and employment on the public school instructional program in the year 2000

Robert J. Williams Atlanta University

Abstract

The Problem-What will be the effect of population size, industrial growth, and employment considerations upon the public school instructional program in the year 2000 in the seven counties of Middle Georgia? Methodology-The Descriptive Method of research involving modified Delphi Techniques was used to accomplish this futures study. Sixty individuals from the seven counties of Middle Georgia comprised the sample, including educators, elected and appointed officials, and individuals engaged in industrial development. Three instruments were used to obtain the data. Findings-Twelve of the 75 statements dealt with: parental-school participation; school-business-community cooperation; emphasis on reading, writing, computation, career education, computer training, technical sciences, college preparatory courses, vocational/business education; need for skilled teachers to deal with a diverse and complex student population; criterion reference testing for students and teacher certification; and cognitive, affective and psychomotor curriculums for regular and exceptional children. On most of the questions the elected/appointed officials and system level educators as two distinct groups were not willing to change their initial response. Conclusions- School/parent/community cooperation and involvement will be directly proportionate to a decline in academic achievement of students as well as an increase in student disruptive/destructive school behavior. The schools will share with business community some of the teaching duties. More emphasis will be placed on career education, technical training to help meet the demands of the business community, and sex education. Mechanical teaching devices will allow teachers to become resource persons. Teachers and teaching accountability will become high priority in the year 2000.