Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
Collection: Research Materials
This document offers 26 reasons, one for each letter of the alphabet, for investing in adult literacy education.
Many of the reasons focus on the benefits to the overall economy from investments in education. The author points out that a dollar spent for adult literacy education produces many more dollars in returns on investment through improved productivity.
Other sections focus on globalization, health literacy, and the intergenerational transfer of an interest in learning from parents to children. The document concludes with a discussion of the zest and zeal for life that adult education can foster.
The author is a California-based international consultant in adult education and many of his arguments touch on matters specifically related to the United States. However, the document is general enough to offer a starting point for discussing adult literacy in any country.