The Power of Adult Education (2001)

Moving the Adult Education and Literacy System of the United States From the Margins to the Mainstream of Education

The Adult Education & Literacy System (AELS) of the United States was formed in 1966 when the Adult Education Act (AEA) was passed by the U. S. Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The AEA brought adult educators at the local, state, and federal levels together to work under an agreed to set of common rules and regulations that began the process of systematizing adult education in the United States. Since then the AEA has undergone numerous amendments and name changes.

Today, some 4,000 organizations operate under the rules and regulations of the AEFLA. Together they join the K-12 and Higher Education branches to form the nation's third major publicly funded branch of education. These thousands of educational institutions make-up the Adult Education and Literacy System (AELS) of the United States and they provide learning opportunities for adults throughout their lives.

Today, the Adult Education and Literacy System is positioned to take its place alongside the K-12 and Higher Education systems as the third branch of the structure of public education in the United States. This opportunity for moving from the margins to the mainstream of education can be realized by taking three important steps :
Step 1: Increase Funding
Step 2: Increase Enrollments
Step 3. Improve the Adult Education & Literacy System

For information : Thomas G. Sticht, Applied Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences, Inc., 2062 Valley View Blvd., El Cajon, CA 92019-2059, USA, Tel. (619) 444-9595

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