Adult Education & Family Literacy Week: Help Tweet the facts!

info below via National Coalition for Literacy:


Tweet facts about adult education and family literacy. Raise awareness of adult education and family literacy among your followers (and among their followers if they retweet the facts!). See below for a selection of facts to tweet. Share what you are doing to raise awareness.

Follow @NCLAdvocacy and #AEFLWeek for the
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week backchannels.

Adult Education, Jobs and the Economy
Workers w/o a HS diploma are nearly 2x’s as likely to be unemployed than those w/at least some college & have much lower wages. #AEFLWeek

Workers w/ a HS diploma and above are less likely to be on gov’t support, saving states & federal gov’t money. #AEFLWeek #adulted

Helping undereducated adults get a #GED or equivalent can raise over $8,865/yr in fed, state, and local taxes per student. #AdultEd #AEFLWeek

Economists predict that by 2018 63% of jobs will require a postsecondary education. #Adulted & #literacy is key to success. #AEFLWeek

Adults in #Adulted career pathways bridge programs are 56% more likely to earn college credit; 26% more likely to earn cert/degree #AEFLWeek

To stay on track with other OECD countries, the U.S. will have to produce an additional 24 million credentials by 2025. #AEFLWeek #adulted

College degree gap needs to be filled by adults currently in workforce. Not enough HS grads to meet demand. #AEFLWeek #adulted

Researchers estimate that a HS diploma’s contribution to the economy could amount to more than $250,000/graduate over a lifetime. #AEFLWeek

Adult Education Supports Jobs & the Economy. Learn more & see how you can take action for #adulted: #AEFLWeek

Adult Literacy
93M adults in need of raising basic reading & math skills. Get the facts about #adulted: #AEFLWeek

More than 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 do not have a high school diploma. C more facts: #AEFLWeek

1 in 7 adults can’t read job apps, bedtime stories, prescrip labels, or ballots. What will you do to help? #AEFLWeek

50–80% of adults in #adulted may have a learning disability, explaining in part why they were not successful in public schools #AEFLWeek

~ 85% of all individuals w/learning disabilities have difficulty reading (Natn’l Institute of Child Health & Human Development) #AEFLWeek

Family Literacy
A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing all else #AEFLWeek #famlit

Children whose parents are involved with them in #family #literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests #AEFLWeek

One year of parent education has a greater + impact on the chance of a child attending college than does an extra $50,000 in income #AEFLWeek

Kids spend five x’s as much time outside the classroom as they do in school. Caregivers must be equipped to support their learning #AEFLWeek

There is no substitute for the parent’s / primary caregiver’s role as a child’s 1st teacher, best coach, & most concerned advocate #AEFLWeek

Teach the parent; reach the child. Support family literacy programs. #AEFLWeek

Of the 93M adults in the U.S. w/basic or below basic #literacy levels, 30M are parents or primary caregivers of children ages 0-8 #AEFLWeek

Teaching parents reading strategies increases child’s language and literacy outcomes. Support family literacy programs #AEFLWeek

Preserve and invest in adult education. #AdultEd drives economic mobility for adults & families and economic recovery for America.

Health and Health Literacy
Health literacy programs raise adults’ understanding of medical problems b4 they become critical = medical cost-savings #AEFLWeek

Nearly half of American adults–90 million–have difficulty understanding & using health info. C related facts: #AEFLWeek

High School Dropouts
Each HS dropout costs the US economy ~ $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, & productivity over lifetime (Amos, 2008). #AEFLWeek

Approx 1M youth drop out of HS. #Adulted is the key to recovering revenue losses and realizing economic potential of HS dropouts. #AEFLWeek

Students who drop out tend to earn less, perform less well in society, & have a lower quality of life. C more facts:

Many HS drop outs must work multiple jobs just to support their family. C more adult literacy facts: #AEFLWeek

Immigration and Integration
Adult Ed helps immigrants integrate into the U.S. See more about #adulted’s role & how you can help:

Limited English language proficiency is a barrier for immigrants to meaningful employment in the U.S. #AEFLWeek

English language proficiency is critical to obtaining jobs commensurate with immigrants’ competencies. #AEFLWeek

60% of legal immigrants who are eligible for citizenship had limited-English proficiency #AEFLWeek

Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. See articles on NCL’s WIA Reauthorization Priorities: #AEFLWeek #adulted

In 2005 21% of families with no HS diploma were living below poverty, compared to 7.1% of those w HS diplomas.

#AdultEd lifts people out of poverty: Higher salaries, good job opportunities, higher savings, better working conditions. #AEFLWeek #poverty

Return on Investment of Adult Education
#AdultEd benefits the economy: Increased tax revenues, business productivity, consumption, & WF flexibility; decreased public assistance.

#AdultEd benefits people: Higher salaries, better job opportunities, higher savings, improved working conditions, prof. mobility. #AEFLWeek

Find quick facts on the return on investment of #AdultEd via @NCLAdvocacy: #AEFLWeek

Workplace Literacy
Adult workplace literacy programs help workers gain new levels of skills as new demands arise. #AEFLWeek


3 thoughts on “Adult Education & Family Literacy Week: Help Tweet the facts!

  1. What a wealth of important facts to support the critical need for our programs! Thanks for posting! I’ll help pass it on and will share with my class.

  2. These are awesome facts to pump up a campaign to increase funds in education. It doesn’t hurt to try to bring back some of the programs we have lost as a consequence of budget cuts. With the current status of our schools it seems that we really didn’t recover 63%. I would say even below 50%. Perhaps we didn’t talk to the right people.

    It is also important to recognize some people helping to save adult ed with letters of support and resolutions, being one of the most important the LA City resolution. In our area Brad Sherman for example was very supportive. I guess he hasn’t gotten any thank you letter. No need to say that the heroes of the campaign are United Adult Students and organizers of the Saveadulted movement.

    I love one slogan over all: “Educated Parents, Educated Children”

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