Sharon Darling, National Center for Family Literacy (#307)
Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, talks about adult education and the power of reading to improve lives.
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Darling, an education adviser and former teacher, describes the dramatic change that takes place in an adult as he or she learns to read and the excitement many parents feel when they gain the ability to help their children learn. The National Center for Family Literacy, founded in 1989, provides research, training, and technical assistance to people working in literacy. One of the organization’s primary goals is to promote family literacy: parents and children learning together.
She and Goodman also discuss the state of education in Kentucky and the rest of the country. Kentucky, she says, played an important role in the launch of the national family literacy movement. Darling also talks about the link between education and poverty, the importance of early childhood education, and new challenges facing education due to America’s growing immigrant population.