As Front and Center wraps up their coverage of how reading and writing skills impact Americans’ chances for academic success and employment, Worldview looks at the culture of literacy in India, Latin America and Afghanistan.
Marvin Marshall was 17 when he first went to prison for assault and battery. He dropped out of high school in junior year, made some bad choices and was arrested and imprisoned a few times.“It was pretty boring,” Marshall said about prison.
Immigrants have long turned to rural America as a source of work, but often struggle because they lack English language skills. That’s a little different in Beardstown, Ill., a town about an hour west of Springfield.
Ericka Coleman remembers seeing a sign about General Educational Development (GED) classes at the library near her house in St. Paul, Minn.The 21-year-old dropped out of high school in one year shy of graduation to take care of her family.
Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., a group of Northwestern University students in red Jumpstart T-shirts trickle into the Howard Area Community Center. Once inside, the Jumpstart members follow a carefully crafted pre-