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You help their parents -- too many of whom lack these skills.
It's an often overlooked yet important strategy that can boost student performance in
A national campaign this week seeks to highlight the importance of adult education and family literacy. Parents in literacy classes in
Early childhood education helps young people get off to a strong start. Yet "all of those things about early childhood and third-grade reading proficiency have to depend on parents who are engaged and reading -- and so many times the parents are not," said
One of every three
"Literacy isn't just reading and writing anymore," Erikson said last week. "It's about connecting to computer skills and to the work force. It's understanding how to communicate with your health provider, your doctor. It's about getting engaged in your community and involved in your child's schools.
"Those are the kinds of things happening in community-based literacy programs," dozens of which
A conference in
"The employers are telling us there are tons of opportunities, but they can't find the people with the skills they need," Erikson said from Friday's conference.
With support from
Literacy and job training efforts enjoy wide bipartisan support. That's good, because our state and nation need to do better.
America is the only industrialized nation where young people are less likely to graduate from high school than their parents' generation, according to the
That needs to change. And helping parents with literacy, numeracy and other job skills will help their children get ahead.
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