The Report of the Commission on Population Growth to be Televised
For the first time in history, a federal commission will report to the nation on television, The Report of the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future will be carried locally on KHET-TV on Sunday, December 10 at 3:30 in the afternoon, and repeated on Monday, December 11, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Hugh Downs, formerly of the TODAY Show, will narrate the 1-hour creative documentary, which will be followed by a second hour of discussion. The studio participants will represent a wide range of viewpoints including those opposing the Commission Report.
Before you see the program how well do you score on the population quiz?
True or False?
The number of people in our country increases every year. .
Approximately 50 percent of all births in the U.S. are unplanned.
If we don't increase our population, businesses will suffer from lack Of customers.
Seventy percent of Americans live in urban areas,
It's easy for Americans to get birth control information.
Questions to Think About After You See the Program
The ethic supporting both economic and population growth has become an American tradition. Now we hear arguments for policies which would stabilize growth. On what evidence does the Commission recommend stabilization of population growth? Can you. find similar evidence in your own
community or state? What would happen if the population in your state stabilized?
Based on present immigration policy and levels Of entry; immigration will contribute about 1/4 of U.S. population growth between now and the year 2000. What are the advantages both to individuals and to the country of continuing this policy? What are the disadvantages?
In what ways does a population change? How have recent distribution patterns in the United States changed the population? How might urban population be redistributed? Why?
You've learned about the differences between a two-child and a three-child average family size. Why is the concept of average family size emphasized in this discussion? By the year 2000, how would a population growth rate based on a two-child average affect the job market?' Our water supply? Your summer vacation in one of our national parks?
The Commission has suggested that eventually we could stabilize our population, if: 1) each of us were informed about our reproductive
function and controls. and 2) each of us were free to use family planning and fertility-related services. What are the major social and legal barriers in your community that prevent you from gaining such information and using such services? What can you do to remove these barriers?
The Commission made its recommendations after consideration of both scientific facts and American cultural values. How can we,
as citizens, use its findings? What can we do if we support some of the Commission's recommendations? If we reject them? In a democracy, how should we balance opinions of experts with our own?
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