[AAACE-NLA] Changing the end point of adult education
andreawilder at comcast.net
Mon Mar 6 11:16:58 EST 2006
Thanks for reminding me of the reality in your neck of the woods.
On Mar 6, 2006, at 10:18 AM, Art LaChance wrote:
> Indulge me for a minute here and let me tell you what can happen when
> community colleges assume ownership and control of the community based
> literacy programs - simply based on the fact that they are big-brother.
> a) Some vague percentage of adult literacy funding is diverted so as to
> support big brother thereby cutting basic adult literacy staff and
> b) Literacy services are reorganized to fit more closely with "managed
> enrollment" - complete with mandated attendance requirements and
> standards without much regard for student needs.
> c) Computer based curriculum delivery systems designed for the low
> learner are disabled - curriculum delivery is shifted to teacher led
> standard classroom scenario, with specific subjects only taught at
> d) The structure of the classroom delivery is based on the "Quarter"
> further limiting class availability and setting a concrete progress
> in place.
> e) Potential GED students must have the wherewithal and motivation to
> on into credit course land and have designs on returning to work
> completion of a course of study that leads to diploma.
> f) And for the prize winner: Literacy services, funded by federal
> are no longer available for the "Low Level Learner", or more
> all applicants must be within 12 months of receiving the GED - as
> by standardized assessment upon entry into the program.
> I could go on for a while but......These are the primary issues that
> come about in this neck of the woods during the last 18 months.
> The changes were seen by staff and the local organization's board of
> directors as so out of touch with the original purpose of the community
> based literacy program/services that a divorce from that community
> was highly encouraged and took place two months ago. Unfortunately and
> needlessly this 501C3 program was set back over 20 years in terms of
> material losses. BUT we've been able to continue services and
> have over 40 students since mid Jan - and the "low level learners"
> love us, even tho they're sitting on the floor cause we ain't got no
> The clincher? Over the last 6 months everybody in the state chain of
> command up to/including senate and representative levels have been made
> aware of the happenings and to date no acknowledgement has been sensed.
> So ya'll be careful out there - y'hear ?
> Art LaChance
> Program Director
> Gilmer Learning Ctr Inc
> Ellijay, GA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Andrea Wilder" <andreawilder at comcast.net>
> To: <corwins at literacypartners.org>; "National Literacy Advocacy List
> sponsored by AAACE" <aaace-nla at lists.literacytent.org>
> Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 2:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [AAACE-NLA] Changing the end point of adult education
> I think yours is the better idea,actually--having the community
> colleges reach out. We need these linkages.
> On Mar 5, 2006, at 12:54 PM, Corwin Spivey wrote:
>> This idea while an interesting approach jeopardizes smaller agencies
>> ability to obtain public funding to run their programs. Many adults
>> are intimidated by being in large classroom settings that would happen
>> in college settings like is suggested here. The better approach would
>> be to encourage community colleges to link with smaller agencies
>> providing an avenue for those adults who want to move on to post
>> secondary education the ability to transition smoothly.
>> Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Andrea Wilder <andreawilder at comcast.net>
>> Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 07:27:39
>> To:National Literacy Advocacy List sponsored by
>> AAACE<aaace-nla at lists.literacytent.org>
>> Subject: Re: [AAACE-NLA] Changing the end point of adult education
>> David, others--
>> A shift to "more than high school" suggests that many adult literacy
>> programs should be institutionalized, specifically by putting them
>> community colleges, following the line of research that CAAL has set
>> In this way, adult education programs could be aligned with
>> institutional goals and strategic state goals for economic
>> Besides this gain, there are at least 2 others:
>> 1) an articulated system of adult education, linked up a chain;
>> 2) economies of scale would help provide additional services like job
>> placement and child care on site.
>> This would not mean cutting out other places where adult literacy is
>> taught--churches, community centers, job sites. But it would support
>> the idea that some people want to continue on in their own education,
>> past what can be obtained in smaller programs not linked to
>> institutions. It also supports the idea that people need retraining
>> fit into a global environment..
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