According to a recent news release from the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), low-skilled adults are:
- 2x more likely to be unemployed;
- 3x more likely to be in poverty;
- 4x more likely to be in poor health; and
- 8x more likely to be incarcerated.
Educating adults creates stronger communities. Higher education levels are correlated with lower rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and asthma. A mother’s education level is the highest determinate of a child’s academic success.[i] Better-educated parents raise better educated, more successful, children, who are less likely to end up in poverty or prison. Inmate participation in adult education reduces recidivism by 30%.[ii]
[i] National Institutes for Health. (2010). Improving mothers' literacy skills may be best way to boost children's achievement. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/pages/102510‐reading‐family‐income.aspx
[ii] National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. (2018, September 17). U.S. National Supplement: Prison Study 2014, PIAAC 2012. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/blogs/nces/2017/01/11/default