ERIC Number: ED110607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Our Schools and Lifelong Learning.
Bell, T. H.
In 1969 the Census Bureau carried out a study that found that nearly 85 percent of the participants in all kinds of adult education had successfully completed high school or a higher level of education. The study further showed that the more schooling an adult had completed, the more likely he or she would be to pursue some kind of further education. A study, in progress for more than three years, has been examining the question of what is a minimally effective core education for adults. The study has established adult proficiency levels based on real life situations, and has shown that one out of five American adults, an estimated 15 to 20 million, today lack the basic skills required to sustain themselves and their families. To find ways of reaching these adults and convincing them that they can take hold of their own destinies, and then delivering on that promise, is a mission of the highest order in education. A plan for life-long learning should help adults find meaning and fulfillment in their living, provide them with the skills to be productive and independent, and increase their capacity to function as parents with love, hope, and guidance for their children. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared for the Annual QuEST Consortium of the American Federation of Teachers (4th, Chicago, Illinois, April 26, 1975)