The conditions of "future shock" are already sufficiently evident in our society that future studies courses have become an important part of many school curricula, Futurism and Future Studies examines the factors that mandate immediate training of our young people in alternative problem solving for the future. The author emphasizes that traditional educational practice tends to be concerned with the problems and conditions of the past rather than with he decisions of tomorrow that will be extraordinarily difficult to make because of the multiple threats to human survival the rapid rate of social change and the complexity that has overtaken our society on a global scale. The premise is that, in order for positive decisions to be made, the traditional pattern of education must expand in the direction of a reformed cognitive curriculum. The future studies movement involves a broad spectrum of teachers from all grade and subject areas and it incorporates a wide range of new curriculum materials and ideas. Developing as a grassroots movement, future studies has permitted teachers to design their own curriculum units to suit their concrete and the interests and experience of their students.