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ERIC Number: ED448284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Skills for 21st Century America: A Foundation for Creating a More Literate Nation.
DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
The first meeting of the National Literacy Summit 2000 convened 150 leaders from adult education and literacy and other related fields for a 2-day intensive working meeting to begin building a national consensus on how to move adult and family literacy forward in the 21st century. Comments and suggestions offered by summit participants were synthesized into this revised summit paper and a draft action agenda. The following are among the topics covered in the revised paper: progress in adult literacy since publication of the report "Jump Start"; literacy's importance to individuals, families, the economy, and communities; and literacy services, client populations, and investment in literacy education in the United States. The action agenda identified seven challenges facing literacy, including the following: (1) higher standards in K-12 education and the phasing out of remedial courses at institutions of higher education will put more pressure on the already-strained adult education system; (2) demographic changes are increasing the demand for adult education and literacy services, making access to services a critical issue; and (3) adults need more opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge needed to meet changing job demands and succeed in the workplace. (Contains 31 references.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
Sponsor: Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Time Warner Inc., New York, NY.; World Education, Inc., Boston, MA.
Authoring Institution: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.