An opportunity for advocacy!
Submitted by Josh Anderson on August 26, 2014 - 4:50pm
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Floyd Mayweather, the world's richest and most famous boxer is being publicly mocked around the internet for his inability to read fluently. This link summarizes the situation. The incredibly disrespectful embedded YouTube video in that link is at just over 8 million hits since being published last Friday.
This is a huge opportunity for adult education advocates to step into the conversation and talk about the breadth and depth of the need for adult education services in our nation. I'd bet talk shows would book people to talk about this issue. Editorials will get published and read.
I would also love to see people reach out to Mayweather himself to let him know he's not alone. What if Flyod started getting letters from adult learners around the country letting him know that they have the same struggle he does. Maybe he could even become a high-profile advocate for our cause. I run a tutoring program and I'm going to try to put something together as a follow up post to this that would help tutors explain the situation to their students and give them an opportunity to send him some encouragement. I lack the position or experience to spearhead an advocacy campaign to make the most of this chance. Please, those of you with the position and resources required, grab this by the horns.
On a side note: In many ways, Mayweather is a perfect example of a typical ABE student. He's not stupid. He is actually a gifted kinesthetic learner, but this style is underserved in most classrooms. He has found tremendously successful ways to cope. And he's still insecure about his lack of skills. I'd be willing to bet that, like so many of our students, he'd like to do better and is afraid to take the risk and trust someone to help.