“Investing in Adult Education Is an Investment in Children’s Education” — A Comment by Jackie Taylor of Commission on Adult Basic Education

I hope Californians are outraged at the draconian cuts happening to adult education programs. Investing in adult education is an investment in children’s education and in breaking cycles of illiteracy and poverty. To say that adult education is not a core part of public education’s mission is missing a critical point. A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success. If the school’s mission is to prepare children academically, then we must place equal value on educating parents.

Anyone who would like to learn more about how adult education impacts our nation’s priorities might start here:


“Studies continue to demonstrate the tight correlation between parents’ literacy, especially mothers’, and children’s success with literacy and school. A recent report concluded that programs designed to boost the academic achievement of children from low income neighborhoods would be more successful if they simultaneously provided education to parents (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/102510-reading-family-income.cfm).”

Jackie Taylor

Incoming President-Elect

Commission on Adult Basic Education


One Response

  1. and of course there’s the whole issue of community. Adult Ed creates community. Without community, a healthy society dies!

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