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Adult Education in a World of Excessive Riches/Excessive Poverty

Talk (or portions) delivered by John Ohliger during September/October 1982 for the University of British Columbia, Athabasca University, University of Alberta Extension, University of Calgary, Ramah-Navajo School Board (New Mexico), and University of Wyoming. Grateful thanks to Duncan Campbell for making research and preparation possible and the following persons for helpful comments on the first draft: Jerry Apps, Dan Beveridge, Richard Bonokoski, Roger Boshier, Sam Brightman, Mike Collins, Web Cotton, Reva Crawford, Michael Day, Anne Fitzgerald, Ron Gross, Sudie Hofmann, Phil Kaveny, Dave Lisman, Art Lloyd, Michael Marien, John Minnis, John Niemi, Judy Nordness, Helen Parris, Carol Peterson, Hayden Roberts, Tim Turner, Cathy Lumer, Chris Wagner, David C. Williams, and Michael Wyatt.

In Kurt Vonnegut's novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Eliot Rosewater, the heir to the 14th largest family fortune in America, talks about a generally unrecognized but major form of adult education: "Our family was born on the banks of Money River, where the wealth of the nation flows. We can slurp from the mighty river to our hearts' content. And we even take slurping lessons, so we can slurp more efficiently. Slurping lessons from lawyers! From tax consultants! From customers men! We're born close enough to the river to drown ourselves and the next ten generations in wealth, simply using dippers and buckets. But we still hire the experts to teach us the use of aqueducts, dams, reservoirs, siphons, bucket brigades, and the Archimedes' screw. And our teachers in turn become rich, and their children become buyers of lessons in slurping." [1] (See references at end of text.)

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