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In 1990, America's governors reached a historic consensus on a set of national educational goals as targets for the year 2000. Among these national goals was that " ... every adult American shall be literate." While this goal was widely applauded by those in the literacy community, much more national attention (and nearly 15 times the budgetary resources) has been devoted to the other goals that focus almost exclusively on improving the formal K-12 school system. Now, with the new Adult Education Act, welfare-reform legislation pending in Congress, and renewed debate over the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, the troubling (and enduring) question of low-literate Americans is back in the news.
As first appeared in Education Week on October 25, 1995.
Wagner, Daniel A., "To Read or Not to Read: The Enduring Question of Low Adult Literacy in America" (1995). Journal Articles (Literacy.org). 1.
Date Posted: 25 April 2018