"The whole movement of life is learning" (Krishnamurti). "To be an act of knowing, then, the adult literacy process must engage the learners in the constant problematizing of their existential situations" (Freire). "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" (Douglass). "I can learn anything I have the desire to learn" (White, S.G.).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

America's Perfect Storm Part IV

I found America's Perfect Storm unsettling because of something that isn't mentioned. There's a lot of information, data, studies, and recommendations on how to improve literacy in American adults. What isn't addressed in the Policy Information Report is how to help those who don't want to become literate. What about all of the people who don't have the desire to return to school, to learn, to become literate? What about all of the people who are content to get by on what they receive? There are so many people who are living their lives without literacy, without numeracy, and don't want to improve their skills. I become concerned when I read papers that address the lack of resources for those who need to become literate but don't find anything about motivating those people who do not wish to avail themselves of these resources.

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