Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage and Despair

Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage and Despair

by Lisbeth B. Schorr, Daniel Schorr
     
 

In this solidly researched book, tne authors demonstrate that the knowledge and techniques exist to decrease the incidence of welfare dependency, poor single-parent families and alienated, uneducated youth. In addition to providing a detailed account of the problem, they describe twenty-four programs that have proved successful in changing the lives of… See more details below

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In this solidly researched book, tne authors demonstrate that the knowledge and techniques exist to decrease the incidence of welfare dependency, poor single-parent families and alienated, uneducated youth. In addition to providing a detailed account of the problem, they describe twenty-four programs that have proved successful in changing the lives of seriously disadvantaged children.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Effective and affordable social service programs can help reverse the high rate of school dropout, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and child abuse among the poor. That is the central message of this blueprint for reform by Lisbeth Schorr, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, written with her journalist husband. Among the successful projects visited here are a storefront clinic for adolescent mothers in Baltimore; the Homebuilders organizaton in Tacoma, whose therapists work with families in danger of losing a child to a state agency; and an elementary school in Harlem that puts heavy emphasis on reading. Lisbeth Schorr, who supervised public health projects under presidents Carter and Johnson, marshalls facts and statistics to build an impressive case for meaningful social spending. The book's support for federal funding of birth control in the schools will stir debate and controversy, as will the authors' proposal to reorder our national health priorities, putting community needs ahead of market pressures. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This book, emphasizing the necessity for intensive, knowledgeably planned and staffed social services for young children, families, and adolescents identified as being at risk, picks up where Marian Wright Edelman's excellent Families in Peril ( LJ 3/1/87) left off. Schorr describes programs that have worked to weaken the cycle of disadvantagesome short-term, limited demonstration models; others (community health centers, Headstart) of longer duration and broader scale. She persuasively argues for America's self-interest in intervening to change the odds for these disadvantaged individuals and urges public support for leaders who will actively promote constructive action. Well-researched, well-documented, well-written, this is highly recommended. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385242431
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1988
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
384

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