Hello colleagues, Judy Mortrude from the Center for Law and Social Policy's (CLASP) Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success has written a compelling article in the most recent COABE Journal on the importance and value of earning a postsecondary credential. Mortrude focuses on the role of adult education in supporting adult learners to gain that credential.
Here's an excerpt from Mortrude's article:
"Unfortunately, too many adult educators are still unaware of the changes WIOA performance brings to the federal investment and to aligned state accountability. And many educators resist these changes and remain skeptical of the ability of the WIOA performance measures system to tell the story of adult education’s impact. I understand that skepticism, but I encourage adult educators to jump into the effort. Join the conversation on how we can show the value of education for those with the courage to enter our programs. And, yes, I mean economic value. The people who come to our programs are making a choice to spend their time and their energy with us, and they deserve to get something of tangible value for that expenditure. I believe quality adult education has economic value for an individual and a family. I believe quality adult education is an anti-poverty and an anti-intergenerational poverty strategy. I believe quality adult education builds career pathway education and employment opportunities. As a profession, let us set out to prove that value to all those who invest their time with us and those who invest resources to support us" (p. 114).
What is your take on Mortrude's argument regarding adult education's role? Do you understand the skepticism she alludes to? Do you feel optimistic about the changes we are experiencing? How would you describe adult education's role? You are invited to share your thoughts here on LINCS.
Cheers, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP