More than 60 years ago, prime minister Winston Churchill said: “There is, perhaps, no branch of our vast education system which should attract within its particular sphere the aid and encouragement of the state than adult education.”
“Adult education must not be regarded as a luxury for a few exceptional persons here and there,” it stated. “[It] is a permanent national necessity, an inseparable aspect of citizenship … therefore should be both universal and lifelong … The opportunity for adult education should be spread uniformly and systematically over the whole community.”
This is happening in the United Kingdom. Harbinger for U.S.?
With the current booming economy, there is also a growing “skills gap” as companies search for trained talent to fill the jobs.
Is this an opportunity for lifelong learning programs to re-enter the picture in the U.S.? Industry thinks so. They will be “investing $100 million to expand employee training and educational opportunities to help workers upgrade their skills. Of this investment $5 million will go directly to vocational and trade programs – those typically forgotten in discussions about developing a 21st century workforce.”
Read more in a Fox News story: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/19/must-close-skills-gap-to-secure-our-future.html
So how do you practice lifelong learning while running a business and having a family? It’s not easy, but you need to do it.
Mike Philie shares steps to incorporate learning into your career, family, and life, and why that matters.
A Case for Lifelong Learning: We Know What We Know
Since its inception, many have argued to get rid of the U.S. Department of Education. In Texas, m
Many community educators remember when Adult Ed was pulled between the Texas Education Agency and Workforce Development. The same battle is happening at the federal level, with the announcement last week proposing to merge the Department of Education with the Department of Labor.
Where does Lifelong Learning belong?
This article in Education Week explores the question: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2018/06/the_purpose_of_education_workforce_development_or_lifelong_learning.html
A Bridgetown area woman who waited more than 80 years to receive her high school diploma had her ‘bucket list’ wish granted June 28 at the Bridgetown Regional Community School – to a standing ovation.
Walking with a cane, and helped to the stage by her grandson, Hazel Johnson received her honourary school-leaving certificate to roaring applause from her 58 fellow graduates and the folks in a standing-room-only gymnasium.
Read full story here: http://www.digbycourier.ca/living/99-year-old-graduate-annapolis-valley-woman-still-learning-after-she-was-denied-education-over-the-price-of-books-in-the-1930s-222629/