Thank you Susan Watson for setting up this blog. This NPR piece seems like a nice introductory post, since it involves undocumented adult literacy learners, state policies designed to suppress their learning, and one university's attempt to undermine (literally) this policy. It helps put a face on the state of adult literacy policy in the US and the systematic undermining of structures that legitimize our field: a career field (paid positions), rigorous teacher preparation (formal and non formal), and curriculum that recognizes and supports the dignity of learners.
I recently was told by an unnamed influential literacy bureaucrat in our state that the problem with the regional budget proposals submitted last summer was that they are written by "literacy types" rather than business types. So I guess even the few remaining full time adult literacy jobs in the state are off limits to adult liteacy educators. What's going on? Are we a profession, or a charity?