ND – Dark, Wet, Blue
It is truly shocking to consider the levels of adult illiteracy in the UK in the 21st Century.
Being unable to read or write is a severe handicap to any future prospects one may have, the effects of which can be passed on from generation to generation with children being raised in less desirable circumstances due to the parents’ inability to build a better life.
A 2006 OECD study suggests that approximately 14% of 25-64 year old UK adults have a basic education, and whilst not the worst country on that list, it’s frightening to consider that it can happen at that scale in such a resource-rich society.
The current economic climate has been tough for many people, and now that Britain has a new government that is having to tackle this, it’s become clear that various aspects of the education system will be hit hard by a reduction in expenditure. This will reduce the help that some adults in need are currently getting, and hold them back from any form of educational recovery to improve their lives.
The true crime here however is that some of the adults of the future will also be educationally compromised and this is ultimately a much larger fiscal folly because it will reduce their ability to earn, and in some cases increase the costs to society that will occur as a result. The average level of education in people in UK prisons is much lower than for the whole country, and this statistic is a critical factor why so many people find themselves behind bars.
We need to put the resources into education now, in order to reap those savings later on. It’s a necessity in order to make our society and better place, for one, and for all.