Jobs. Learning. “The Forgotten Americans” and The 2016 Election.

How did we get here? Disruptive innovation. We need new focus on adult education..

How did this happen? How many times do we hear this now, and how many answers are we given?

I think we are all in collective shock, though we are also reflecting on ways to come together, to make a positive impact as we move forward.

Yes, it was in many cases what the New York Times calls the Forgotten Americans who wanted a change. I agree, and also add that it was our lack of focus on adults as learners. Not only because it is good for us to be lifelong learners. That is often the privileged view of people who have access, knowledge, and enough time to BE lifelong learners. We’ve overlooked adult learning as a necessity, because relevancy is a necessity.

When should learning happen for the worker who holds 2 jobs to make ends meet and comes home to care for a family? How will they know if there are options available if they DO find the time, and are not intimidated by the thought? Of course there are not too many options, even if the time is there.

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