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ERIC Number: ED316666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-13
Pages: 19
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Challenges and Opportunities in Adult Education.
Brand, Betsy
Literacy and work force preparedness are two of the most important issues facing education today. Findings of nationwide studies show that reading and writing performance of students is inadequate. One of every eight current workers reads at the fourth-grade level or lower. The nation's economic future will be determined by the quality and competitiveness of the work force in a global context. Adult education has a critical role to play in helping thousands of people to participate fully in an increasingly complex and competitive world. For many, adult education is the critical link to economic self-sufficiency and the key to breaking the cycle of illiteracy. The decade of the 1980s was marked by growth in adult education to meet demands for increased and diversified services, coalition building among diverse providers, and the infusion of new resources from both the public and private sectors. The decade of the 1990s must see policy, not programs, driving literacy initiatives. There must be informed goal-setting and long-range planning based on identifiable needs. The challenge to the federal government is to establish national policy that provides leadership, coordination, and research in adult education and literacy to guide state and local efforts. Effective adult education programs are those that enable all students to master basic skills; provide relevant courses to meet student, employer, and community needs; strengthen and expand partnership efforts; and set standards of accountability. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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