Upcoming book reading may inspire older students

February 6, 2012 by  

Some 300 students attending the Hartford Public Schools Adult Education Center will have a chance to improve their learning skills on Friday, March 2nd. Center director Tina R. Jeter will present the adult learners with a book that is intended to improve their literacy and comprehension of history while at the same time inspire them to stay committed to their education plans and do well in their course work.

“Life Is So Good,” is the autobiography of African American George Dawson, who was born in the segregated South in 1898. Two years shy of his 100th birthday, Dawson learned to read and write in an adult education class. Dawson co-wrote the book with elementary school teacher Richard Glaubman. Glaubman read an article about Dawson’s remarkable accomplishment and thought it would make a fascinating book.

Random House published the “Life Is So Good,” which kept a print company busy as the book quickly became a national hit. The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America were among the national TV programs that featured Dawson’s inspiring story.

Making the decision to return to school as an adult can seem awkward and overwhelming at times. Many older students find that they must re-learn lessons they’d mastered in high school or even elementary school. Family and job obligations can make finding time for classes and studying daunting. Going back to school in adulthood requires a trade-off that involves making a sacrifice in another area of life, explained Jeter.

The Hartford Adult Education Center works with adults who want to complete secondary education, acquire skills necessary for workforce opportunities as well gaining proficiency of the English language.