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ERIC Number: ED539407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-21
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Crisis in Adult Learning and Education in the United States--And a Postscript of Hope
Hill, Bob
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We in the U.S. live at the edge of radical possibilities, but few seem to actually see openings available for profound change, or perhaps have become simply too paralyzed to act. After all, the U.S. government in the post 9-11 world has placed "national security" above "liberty" and taken unprecedented measures to monitor citizens' activities--including warrantless (without court approved) surveillance. We are surrounded by the seemingly immovable forces of a panopticon (Foucault's notion of an instrument of discipline), of colonization of our lifeworlds, of systemic injustice, of crushing inequalities, of hyper consumerism and commercialization, of greed, power and violence against people, animals and the Planet. This paper contemplates, who are raising voices of resistance, of righteous indignation and just rage, and of revolutionary change at this time? Who dares to confront the political and the powerful, and when they do, what are the consequences? "Where is the soul and conscience of adult education and learning today?" It looks at three scenarios, (1) Addiction to--or indifference toward--violence, (2) the upward redistribution of wealth, and (3) the linkage of eco-catastrophe with hyper-capitalism. It argues that the State and formal adult education are inadequate to the task of creating a better world--a goal of adult education. But all is not lost. Pockets of youth and some adult educators in the U.S. are unfettering their dreams and unchaining their behaviors, explore social movement learning, probing the ways that dominant discourses are displaced in informal and nonformal venues by emancipatory ones; they are opening escape hatches into education for uncompromising social transformation. (Contains 19 endnotes and 1 footnote.) [This paper first appeared in modified form in "Voices Rising," 10(432), the online journal of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) (]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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