Four-Part NPR Series on Adult Education

Shirley Ashley, 55, never learned how to read. With classes, she is finally able to read her own bills.

In 2013, NPR published a four-part series on a variety of topics relating to adult education. In this series, they cover Americans who struggle with basic literacy, immigrants who are learning English, the importance of adult education in the workplace, and the financial and social costs of low literacy skills. This series was a part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative to address the American dropout crisis.

There are 30 million adults in the U.S. who have trouble with basic literacy. We are  encouraged to see the issue of adult education taking center-stage and given national attention in this way. If you missed the original broadcast, listen to the podcast or read the transcript at the links below.

Part 1: Turning The Page On Illiteracy, Adults Go Back To Class

Part 2: What It Takes (And Means) To Learn English As An Adult

Part 3: How To Turn Adult Education Into Careers, Quickly

Part 4: Adding Up The Cost Of Low Literacy Among Adults

Photo credit Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU, NPR.


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