Lifelong Learning and Failing US Policy

einstein This article, published on the Center for American Progress website, does an excellent job of discussing the real issues of lifelong learning in the US. It states that our current educational policies are focused on children, but grossly leave an undereducated adult population out in the cold. The article goes on to state that In 2007, there were 60 million people in the workforce between the ages of 25 and 64 with no postsecondary education. Adult literacy and Adult English Language learners continue to be largely left unaddressed. If left unaddressed, over the next several decades, the US economy will lag as there will not be enough educated workers in the workforce. This article proposes an aggressive 5-step approach to remedy the serious issue. However, it seems to acknowledge that the wide and sweeping changes that would need to occur would be costly and fears that the US will not be able to afford to make the changes necessary to incentivize the nation’s industries to support adult learning and continue to educate its employees. It is suggested that businesses and employers must play an integral part in facilitating a system of education and providing opportunities for workers to continually expand heir knowledge base. This however, is not the typical expectation in most industries today and will require a complete shift in culture. The article recognizes that this is no small feat.


2 responses to “Lifelong Learning and Failing US Policy

  1. The 5-step approach provided real solutions to help combat a growing uneducated adult work force in the United States. The article focused on creating a system that encourages employers to invest in their work force and to help low-skilled, low-income adults invest in their own educations. Economic incentives and support for employers and low-income workers was discussed in the form of tax credits and grants. Ultimately, a marketing campaign is necessary to promote these programs and create buy-in to support the need for these incentives and encourage employers and employees to have a shared interest in financing improved ways to plan and finance continued lifelong learning.


  2. I think the reality of the financial burdens speaks volumes in this article and your summary. Great changes are needed, but it seems that there is lack of support nationwide. As awilson811 stated, it is necessary for a public image booster. Right now the headlines all have extremely negative messages about education. Once those images start to switch, maybe public education will have an easier time obtaining new funds. Lifelong learning is important… but so is having the funds necessary to fuel this change.


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