A Real World and Social Education

For adults, education overcomes a social barrier and increases employment- and budgetary- opportunities. The majority of adult students of thirty years or more return to school because they feel that they need to and not out of any particular desire to study but as a means to surpass tall impediments. Merriam and Grace (2011) write that education is life, where it once formed only steps to reach these goals. Today’s students range in ages and interest, capabilities and desires, and in reasons for going to school. Educating such a diverse student body challenges both the student and the educator to dig deeper to create connections between the curriculum, the individual, and their class mates.