[AAACE-NLA] Obama Pledge to Tackle the Dropout Crisis
afrench at sccd.ctc.edu
Thu Mar 4 10:31:14 EST 2010
Janet, Bob, Tom and all:
It seems to me that there is a very large elephant in the room that is being left out of this discussion, the American public. It is very good and very essential that we formulate the arguments, and that we "lobby" Congress and the bureaucracy. However, unless we can alter the attitudes of the general populace (which range from prejudice against immigrants and those at the margins, to relative ignorance of what it is we really do), attitudes that Congress and the bureaucracy really listen to, we may well be doomed to a Sisyphean effort. I don't have good ideas on how to change the public's attitudes, but maybe those smarter than I am can come up with something.
Allan D. French
ESL Instructor and Assessment Coordinator
Basic & Transitional Studies Division
South Seattle Community College
afrench at sccd.ctc.edu
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Bob and all
Thanks for this. A number of us have been involved in advocacy efforts for many years; others may be newer to the field.
What, specifically, would you suggest we do? What steps can people take to inform policy makers - and one another - about the need for and value of adult education?
From: "Bickerton, Robert P (DOE)" <RBickerton at doe.mass.edu>
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Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:45:42 -0500
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Conversation: Obama Pledge to Tackle the Dropout Crisis
Subject: [AAACE-NLA] Obama Pledge to Tackle the Dropout Crisis
Yesterday President Obama pledged increased focus and funding to tackle the dropout rate calling "an economic imperative if the United States intends to remain competitive in the global society;" here's a link to the New York Times story: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/obama-takes-aim-at-school-dropout-rates/
Once again, the President and his administration are addressing an important issue - and once again they are doing it using a one-dimensional approach that ignores the vital role that adult education plays in building the skills of our nation's undereducated and limited English proficient students so that they are prepared to benefit from and contribute to our nation's economic health. Isn't it about time we increased the volume of our voices so that this administration and all members of Congress understand how short-sighted these initiatives are when they bypass the only viable alternative for students who do drop out and the more than a quarter of our nation's workforce who lack the skills to effectively contribute to and thrive in our economy?
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