The Guardian: Adult education is being slashed and burned – this is too important to ignore

guardian logoLola Okolosie, an English teacher and writer, argues that the government’s funding cuts are economically and morally misguided. More over-50s are staying in work, and retraining can only mean greater productivity.


Adult education is being slashed and burned – this is too important to ignore

Lola Okolosie | The Guardian | 26 March 2015

That poor hounded millionaire Jeremy Clarkson needlessly lost his job just for punching a colleague in the face and repeatedly shouting abuse at him. What will the BBC and, by extension, the UK, do without him? As if this wasn’t bad enough for British exports, Zayn Malik has announced his exit from the boy band megabus One Direction. A nation can only take so much loss at any one time. Is this why news announcing that adult education in England “will not exist by 2020” sounded like a pin dropping during carnival? Was it all just too too much to bear?

Well, probably not. If we were a nation that valued the concept of learning as a lifelong necessity rather than something only young people do, we might worry more about the swath of cuts to further education… [more]