ERIC Number: EJ1072357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Forum: House of Cards: Analyzing "Making Skills Everyone's Business "
St. Clair, Ralf
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v4 n2 p37-42 Sum 2015
When policy is made in a particular area, not only does one have to decide what to do but why he/she is doing it. Any plan for action is like a house of cards. At the bottom, there are assumptions. They hold up the next layer, which is the definition of the problem. At the top is the response, what is to be done. If any of the lower cards is not stable, the whole thing comes tumbling down. In this short discussion, Ralf St. Clair looks at a position paper that sets out to answer the question of what is to be done. "Making Skills Everyone's Business: A Call to Transform Adult Learning in the United States" (MSEB) (United States Department of Education [USDoE], 2015) (see ED558793) is a statement from the Federal government office that administers funding for adult education and adult literacy programs throughout the United States. Many of the suggestions in the paper are exciting and innovative, creating real opportunities to develop adult literacy and learning in the United States. But, as this discussion reveals, not all the cards are as stable as they should be.
Descriptors: Position Papers, Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Strategic Planning, Policy Analysis, Adult Education, Literacy, Educational Objectives, Administrative Principles, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies, Educational Practices, Educational Planning, Sustainability
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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