In yesterday’s blog post, Upping Our Civic Game, Andy Nash offered suggestions to help adult students engage in civic life. One tool that can help you do this is The Change Agent. Every issue of The Change Agent gives students a view of other adult learners’ efforts to make change in their own lives or … Continue reading Raise Your Civic Voice with The Change Agent
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, along with providing an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of adult education, reminds us of the need for widespread civic engagement. Despite WIOA’s almost singular focus on workforce development, many practitioners are thinking about the role of civics in adult education. Threats to the education budget, along with … Continue reading Upping Our Civic Game
In educating immigrants on their rights or on how to raise up their civic voices, organizations are increasingly deploying social media, creating websites and apps, and using texting to provide essential just in time information and anytime, anywhere learning. In recent months, two new apps have been developed to assist individuals to know and assert … Continue reading Apps for Knowing Your Rights & Notifying in Emergencies
The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) is thrilled to join with World Education and the National Coalition for Literacy in celebrating Adult Education and Family Learning Week 2017. Given recent events, the theme for this year’s commemoration could scarcely offer a more timely reminder of some of our most basic democratic responsibilities: to speak … Continue reading Adult Education Needs Multi-Issue Advocacy
In celebration of the national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2017, World Education is launching this blog series on Raising Our Civic Voices. We join the National Coalition for Literacy and the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) to raise our voices this week — and every week — for the millions of adults … Continue reading Raising Our Civic Voices
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…