Adult Illiteracy Argumentative Essay by Nicky

An overview of adult illiteracy.
# 146188 | 743 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2010 in Education (Reading) , Education (Social Issues) , Education (Adult Education)

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The paper discusses adult illiteracy as a global problem with an extensive impact on the economy. The paper explores the idea that illiteracy is strongly correlated with poverty and a lack of economic opportunity; therefore, improving literacy among America's poor communities will help stimulate local economic growth. The paper also examines adult literacy programs and explains how the programs are insufficiently aggressive, insufficiently funded, and insufficiently broad. Additionally, the paper explains that the target population for adult illiteracy includes anyone over the age of 17, whether or not they are citizens of the United States and whether or not they have high school diplomas and concludes that special attention must be offered to critical and at-risk communities.

Background of the Program Problem/Idea
(The Context of the Problem or Idea)
Description of the Source of the Problem
(People, Responsibilities and Tasks, Organization, Community)
Description of the Nature and Extent of the Problem
(Any Documentation, Literature, Etc.)
Defined Institutional and Personal Context for the Program
Describe the Target Population: Age, Grade, Reading Level, Attention
Span, Occupation, Previous Work Experience, Motivation Level,
Health, Interests, Socio-Economic Status, Attitudes Toward School or
Work, Previous Performance Levels, Language, Ethnic/Cultural
Background, Gender
Identify Learning-Site Constraints that Could Affect Design and Delivery

From the Paper:

"Adult illiteracy is a global problem with an extensive impact on the economy. The United States is now crawling out of an economic recession via the creation of new jobs in increasingly service-oriented sectors. The shift away from a base of heavy industry and low-skilled labor and toward jobs that demand communications skills signals a need to revisit the topic of adult literacy. Moreover, the job market is woefully insecure and requires workers to amass broad and diverse skills sets instead of relying on areas of specialization. Literacy can be viewed as a ticket to upward social mobility, and it can also be presented as an essential survival skill. Literacy increases potential for career flexibility and insulates all Americans from job insecurity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Office of Adult Literacy. Retrieved Feb 5, 2009 from
  • National Assessment of Adult Literacy. Retrieved Feb 5, 2009 from
  • Portland State University. Adult Literacy Estimates. Retrieved Feb 5, 2009 from
  • SIL. "Issues in Literacy." Retrieved Feb 5, 2009 from

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"Adult Illiteracy" 21 December 2010. Web. 21 April. 2024. <>