According to an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, 250,000 California schoolchildren need glasses but don’t have them. As I’ve mentioned before, this is surely an even bigger problem among adult literacy and adult education students. Granted, I’ve never read anything that estimates the number of adult literacy students who likely have vision issues, but if one out of every seven public school students in L.A.—and more than a million around the country—are struggling in school because they don’t have glasses, it only stands to reason that the number of adult learners (who tend to be, on average, lower income) with the same problem is even higher. Many of them may very well be in need of adult literacy services today because they struggled with reading as children due to vision problems.
h/t @kdrum at Mother Jones
One thought on “If a Million Kids in the U.S. Need Glasses and Don’t Have Them, How Many Adult Learners Have the Same Problem?”
I completely agree. I saw this issue with some of my students and always felt it must impact many, many more students. On my list of side projects is to research this issue a bit more and organize/fundraise around it. Maybe others (educators, eye doctors) will also feel this pull and we could get together.
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