Children of Welfare: History and Social Studies

Children of Welfare: History and Social Studies

by Joan J. Johnson, Suzanne M. Coil, Joan Johnson
     
 

Johnson explains the emergence of the welfare state and what welfare is today. Emphasis is made on the impact of welfare upon young people, and recent changes in the system are covered. The title fills a gap in resources for middle grades and will be useful in whole language studies, government studies, and social studies in general.  See more details below

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Johnson explains the emergence of the welfare state and what welfare is today. Emphasis is made on the impact of welfare upon young people, and recent changes in the system are covered. The title fills a gap in resources for middle grades and will be useful in whole language studies, government studies, and social studies in general.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up"Long on diagnosis, short on prescription" may be used to describe Johnson's book. It presents a short history of welfare as an institution, describes different types of assistance programs, and examines problems and reform efforts. Family preservation, foster care, and orphanages are discussed. Personal narratives are interspersed throughout the text. Three ideas for solutions are briefly outlined: Workfare, Learnfare, and Kidfare. Commonalities of programs that appear to work include, among others, ample funding, small caseloads, and accessible facilities. Much that Johnson explores points to societal problems such as teen pregnancy and drug use. Many generalizations and opinions are stated as fact, e.g., "only a small percent of all welfare recipients are chronic welfare abusers," "a lot of people...," "a lot of girls...." Readers will find enough here to think about when considering the conundrum that is "welfare as we've known it." The author has done a creditable job of summarizing what has become a very heated issue, but barely touches on how recent changes in the law will affect former welfare recipients and their children.Lois McCulley, Wichita Falls High School, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805029857
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
History and Social Studies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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