Fair or Foul? Forecasts for Education

This fall The School Administrator invited an array of professionals from inside and outside education to discuss what they foresee in public education's future, with special emphasis on what school systems might face in their particular roles.

Beyond that, we gave these prognosticators few parameters for this assignment other than to suggest they limit their field of vision to the next quarter-century.

Among the intrepid forecasters who accepted this challenge and whose essays appear in this issue are the following: three professionals who make their living in the predictions business (Marvin Cetron, David Pearce Snyder and Bud Hodgkinson), a pair of college presidents (Leon Botstein, Freeman Hrabowski), two who promote the private sector's interests (John McLaughlin, Chris Whittle), an executive search consultant (John Isaacson), a pair of systems thinkers (Sally Goerner, Lew Rhodes), respected names from higher education (Dale Mann, Joseph Murphy, Tony Wagner), a think tank president (Herbert London) and two educational leaders at the local level (Gerry House, Stephanie Pace Marshall).

Several of their commentaries dwell on the present state and what that portends for tomorrow. More than a few discuss the implications of technology. One envisions a world without artificial boundaries between teachers and administrators. All see major hurdles ahead for our nation’s public schools.