Ivan Charner


This editorial answers three basic questions about the relief education program. Why the program is important?, how the program operates? and who participates in the program? A similar editorial could be written today about the growing number of learning opportunities available to workers and the growing number of participants in such programs. This essay represents such an effort. Although in more breadth and in more detail than the 1933 editorial, I will focus on the same basic questions. First, why should lifelong learning for workers be advanced? Second, how have opportunities for learning been made available to working adults? and Third, who are the adult participants in learning activities and what are the reasons for participation or nonparticipation? My goal is to provide a comprehensive picture of the objectives, programs and patterns of learning activities for workers which will serve as the basis for a program and policy agenda to meet the needs of workers for the lifelong learning which I will propose.