Annie N Posted July 9, 2008 Share Posted July 9, 2008 Sheesh!!! Hello???? We spend $9139 per pupil (this does seem to include stuff like new school buildings) as of 2002. That is over $100K per pupil for 12 years. And now the National Council on Adult Literacy wants the government to spend even more on adult education (non-pdf version with highlighting of terms). Admittedly, only $1000 per adult served per year, but with 20 million adults, that adds up to $20 billion!!!! Each year!!!! and admittedly that's a drop in the bucket compared to the annual $435.4 billion spent on childhood ed, but why is it that the same National Council which tells us the huge amounts spent over 12 years have failed now recommends more of the same????? So, for over $100,000, we get 93 out of 230 million adults who are illiterate or barely literate: a staggering 30 million American adults scored at â€œbelow basicâ€â€”meaning they could perform no more than the most rudimentary literacy tasks. Another 63 million adults could perform only simple, basic everyday literacy activities. And the suggestion is that in 12 years we should have geared up to provide educational services to 20 million adults every year? That means that after another 12 years, we will have been able to "serve" an additional year of education for every adult. (Not to mention that the likelihood of the expense going up is very high.) Does anyone else think that there is something seriously wrong that is not being addressed in our society? Or am I weird? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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