ERIC Number: ED183269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Child and Family Policy in an Anxious Society: Setting Feasible Goals for Social and Economic Development.
Hepworth, H. Philip
In a time of economic crisis, Canadians are questioning their social institutions. Major welfare programs may be dismantled under political pressure. Canadians should be cautious, though, in accepting radical, new ideas. Long-term interests may be damaged by planners' reliance on short-term social indicators. Our perceptions of social phenomena are conditioned by immediate surroundings, social agencies and mass media. Apparent change and new conditions may not be so pervasive when a long-range view is taken. For example, despite considerable social change, there has been continuity in the family. Reporters and researchers should trace linkages between social structures and local patterns of events to provide an accurate image of society. Social intervention should be based on broad social programs as has been done in the case of education. Early child health and early childhood education services should be attached to the universal education system rather than to separate agencies which operate on a case-by-case basis. Now, while the pressure of population growth is reduced, Canadians can improve their educational and social service programs rather than dismantle them. We should provide educational opportunities as a parent gives love, without stipulations, without expectation of gratitude, without automatic economic return. Substantial monthly payments to families with children should be provided. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Year of the Child Invest in Youth and Children Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 23-24, 1979).