ERIC Number: ED318809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Joining Forces: Conceptual Underpinnings.
Levy, Janet E.
Joining Forces helps create a broad-based collaboration among the education, welfare, and child welfare systems to serve as a catalyst for change in public policy and practice on behalf of disadvantaged children and their families. An alarming number of children and adults face situations that threaten their immediate well-being and put them at-risk of long-term disadvantage. Traditionally, education has been viewed as the means to escape from poverty and disadvantage, but the dropout rate in many cities approaches or exceeds 50 percent and an estimated 23 million adults are functionally illiterate. These conditions persist in an era of significant, widespread reform in the welfare, child welfare, and education systems. However, no one system, regardless of how far-reaching its reform effort, has the expertise or resources to meet all of the complex and wide-ranging needs of those it serves. People are better able to learn when personal, family, and environmental problems are minimized or resolved. Better educated people will be better able to support themselves and avoid long-term dependency. By working together or in tandem, the education and social welfare systems stand to make better use of limited resources and to give each of the systems, and the people who rely on them, a greater chance at success. A list of 51 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community
Authoring Institution: Joining Forces, Washington, DC.