Within Our Reach : Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage

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Overview

In this solidly researched book, the 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.

In this solidly researched book, the authors demonstrate that the knowledge and techniques exist to decrease the incidence of welfare dependency, poor-single parent families, and alienated, uneducated youth. Within Our Reach provides a detailed account of the problem, and describes 24 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)
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385242448
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1989
  • Edition description: Anchor Books Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

    Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage. - book reviews Children Today, March-April, 1989 by Raymond C. Collins Let's get right to the punch line. If you read one book on children this year, choose this one.

    Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage<BR/><BR/><BR/>This is a book that can be appreciated on many levels. Lisbeth Schorr, assisted by the able pen of journalist-husband Daniel Schorr, has crafted a gripping chronicle of the crises facing children and families in the United States today. The reader will not quickly forget the poignant vignettes of the children whose lives are touched by abuse and neglect, school failure, adolescent pregnancy, drug abuse, poverty and crime.

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