Effects Of Adult Literacy On Children

December 30, 2018

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By Thomas Sticht, International Consultant in Adult Education

“With hundreds of billions of federal dollars invested in Early Head Start, Head Start, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school special reading programs, over the last 40 years, we have consistently witnessed failures to improve the average reading scores of 17-year-olds who are on the cusp of adulthood and, for millions of them, on the brink of parenthood. Meanwhile, expenditures for adult literacy education have been and still are trivial.”

“Based on extensive research showing that investments in adult education could result in improved reading scores for both parents and their children (Sticht, 2010; 2011), I argued that perhaps with massive injections of adult literacy education in the Adult Education and Literacy System (AELS) of the United States, it might be possible to finally improve reading scores of children from their entry into school all the way up through their graduation from high school….”

“…We must remember that the real head start for children, starts with the heads of their parents!”

To read the entire article, click here: https://www.proliteracy.org/Blogs/Article/392/The-Effects-of-Adult-Literacy-on-Children

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