The 1980s are certain to confront the nation's educational systems with great challenges but equally great opportunities. The U.S. population has been undergoing a virtual demographic revolution during the last decade that will heavily affect both the schools and any reforms that are attempted. This paper deals with six major trends in that revolution--what has already happened and what we can expect in the future--and examines some of the questions they will pose for the educational system. The six trends are: (1) The transition toward zero population growth; (2) the population's changing age structure; (3) the changing makeup of families and households; (4) the revolution in women's work force participation; (5) the new immigration; and (6) the new settlement patterns.
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