Baby Boomers, the Driving Force Essay
to baby boomers returning to school. Baby boomers are Americans born between 1946
and 1964. Soldiers returning from WWII caused a rise in the birth rate of the United
States, creating a "boom" which is where the term "baby boom" comes from. There were
approximately 76 million baby boomers born during that 18 year span. The baby boomer
generation is now creating a "boom" in the field of adult education.
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math and language along with better reasoning capabilities. (3). The Bureau of Labor
Statistics report that there will be fewer jobs for the unskilled and under educated
employee in the future.
J. Steven Niznik feels that, "Baby boomers are taking control of the labor force in
the new millennium." (Niznik 1). However, baby boomers know that they must keep
their skills updated and fresh to compete with the younger work force. Successfully
maintaining a career is an ongoing process that involves the development of new skills
and includes exploring new learning opportunities. Baby boomers believe that a quality
education is all that is required to keep up with the changes in the world.
The colleges today are tailoring their programs for the baby boomer, they are
looking at boomers as lifelong learners who will be needing programs to fit their
retirement lifestyles. Ed Shanahan, editor for My Generation magazine reasons, "When
you get to the age of 45, 50, 55, this is one of your last good chances to tackle something
you always wanted to do but put off for several reasons." (qtd. in CNN 1). Baby
boomers are not looking at retirement as a way to live out their later days. At the
University of Pennsylvania,