One of the challenges of getting a GED is paying for classes, study materials or the test. In agreement with the students’ attitude, the overwhelming majority of sexuality education teachers believe that students should be taught about puberty, how HIV and AIDs are transmitted, how to resist peer pressure to have sex, implications of teenage parenthood, abstinence from intercourse, dating, sexual abuse and non sexual ways to show affection (Darroch, 2002).
It doesn’t add up. And it doesn’t add up because Brown’s plan is not a plan to save adult ed, but to eliminate it, but in a way that gives the appearance of saving it – or maybe saving a token part of it. Brown is an astute politician and he didn’t get to be where he is without mastering the art of sophistry and populist jargon, or as we liked to say, a bit more delicately in the lettuce fields, hablando pura mierda.
I attended the Bay Area Townhall, held in Oakland, on the day before Halloween, from 1 to 3 in the afternoon, at McClymonds High School It is a large building, partly in use as a high school and partly in use by what bravely remains of Oakland Adult & Career Education (and may it rebuild!), a program which once served over 20,000 people (who still need Adult Ed programs!) and now serves I am guessing less than 1,000 students.
And similarly, when Adult School teachers tried to save their schools and programs or the state funding for the full mission of Adult Education, they were told they were asking for too much, that a good result was impossible, they should accept Brown’s terms – which at one point were that the system should be run by the Community Colleges – they should stop wasting their time trying to save what couldn’t be saved.
For instance, the Business Education program of the Department of Vocational Education in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka where first degree program in the three options of business education, post graduate diploma in education, masters degree and doctor of philosophy degree programs in business education are offered, there are only seven lecturers with a lecturer/student ratio of 1:150 or more (one lecturer to over one hundred and fifty students) in all the subject offerings.