Exploring Economic Inequality with The Change Agent

Extreme inequality in terms of wealth and income is barely news anymore. CEO pay has skyrocketed over the past 30 years while workers’ incomes have stagnated or decreased. A report from last April states that the world’s “richest 64 individuals control as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people combined.” Five years ago, the occupy movement exploded … Continue reading Exploring Economic Inequality with The Change Agent

In Appreciation: Recognizing Karisa Tashjian for National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 3 is Teacher Appreciation Day. Over the past few years we have highlighted outstanding teachers with whom World Education has worked. This year we would like to acknowledge a person who is not presently a teacher but who has been hiring, training and supporting teachers as Providence Library’s Education Director and as Director of … Continue reading In Appreciation: Recognizing Karisa Tashjian for National Teacher Appreciation Day

The Rules of Society

Civic literacy is the ability to understand the rules that organize our society, how those rules came to be, and how they can be changed. It is the understanding of history as the constant struggle of people to be seen, heard, and valued. In the not-too-distant past, civics education built the skills needed to develop informed opinions, hold decision-makers accountable, build community, and organize for change.

This aspect of education struggles to survive, however, as civics for adults has been legislated down to narrowly-defined citizenship education measured by economic outcomes. Yet civics is more relevant than ever, as there are civic questions and problems to address in every area of adult life. Rather than being siloed in a citizenship prep class civics questions could, for example, be part of the work readiness curriculum: What kinds of jobs do we want in our communities and who decides? What should we do to ensure living wages in the sectors that are creating the most jobs (retail, service, etc.)? Such questions would engage us in thinking about the system of work, not just preparing for it uncritically. Read more…

Defining Work Readiness

Adult learners often seek to improve their basic skills because they want better jobs. And as adult educators, we want to provide them with the skills they need to get those jobs. But what if there are simply not enough good jobs to go around? Do we proceed, happy that at least a few will procure that “better job”? Or do we help our learners gain the skills they need to turn bad jobs into better jobs?

The fact is: there are a lot of really bad jobs out there, and the bad jobs are growing the fastest. Read more…

Using the Technology Issue of The Change Agent to Teach to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards

The Change Agent has heard from teachers and programs that they need materials to help them teach to the new College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards, and we have engineered our lesson plans and activities accordingly. For example, turn to the story called “Finding Felix” in our latest issue, and on the surface, it is … Continue reading Using the Technology Issue of The Change Agent to Teach to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards