ERIC Number: ED459125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
From Welfare to Work: Who Should We Help and How? An Issue Book for National Issues Forums.
Wharton, Tony; Roe, Myrne
Since 1996, states have been responsible for moving people from the welfare rolls into jobs. The results have been mixed, and states are still struggling to find the right combination of programs to help individuals and families make that transition. Most people agree that it is best if they find jobs, but not everyone has the skills to land jobs, and even people with skills sometimes lack transportation and/or child care. As a result, many questions are still confounding the nation as the transition from welfare to work continues. This National Issues Forums (NIF) issue booklet gives an overview of the issue and outlines three perspectives for public deliberation. Perspectives are: (1) "Everyone Should Work" (everyone should work regardless of skill and ability); (2) "Help Those Who Can't Work" (it is unrealistic that everyone work); and (3) "Prepare Productive Citizens" (address first the social problems that keep people poor and unskilled). Each perspective contains arguments for and against the perspective, and a final summary compares the three perspectives. (Contains sample pre-forum and post-forum questionnaires.) (BT)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Economics, Employment, Government Role, Group Discussion, Job Training, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Problems, Social Studies, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
National Issues Forums Research, 100 Commons Road, Dayton, OH 45459-2777 ($3.60). Tel: 800-600-4060 (Toll Free); Fax: 937-435-7367; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.nifi.org/welfare.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.