Adult Literacy and Social Justice: Teaching with Criticality and Intentionality

Fall 2023


General Adult Education Field

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Author(s): Dianne Ramdeholl, SUNY Empire State University

Adult education/adult literacy programs have had a long history of contributing towards social and racial justice (like Highlander Folks School in the 1950s who taught Black Americans to read and write in order to pass the citizenship test in order to vote). In short, adult literacy programs can continue, in that tradition, to support students in becoming actors in scripts which they themselves author. This feels like an especially urgent task given the eroding of basic human rights to which marginalized populations (like poor people of color) are especially vulnerable.

ALE Journal – Volume 5, Issue 3

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