ERIC Number: EJ1109767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Strict Slaves of Slogans: Response to ''The Social Work Cartel''
Epstein, William M.
Research on Social Work Practice, v26 n5 p494-497 Sep 2016
The corruption of the social work enterprise is not simply episodic but systemic and long-standing including education, research, governance, and practice. Reform is unlikely since the constituency within the field and outside of it that wishes to change the situation is small and ineffective. The corruption of social work reflects the unfortunate social values of the nation that refuses to allocate sufficient resources to address deep social problems, notably economic and social inequality. Social work should severely cut back: eliminate bachelor of social work programs and reduce master's education to no more than 20 programs that also offer doctorates but only jointly with social science departments. There are too many social workers and not enough good ones. [For "The Child Welfare Cartel," see EJ1109764.]
Descriptors: Social Work, Reader Response, Educational Change, Barriers, Social Science Research, College Programs, Program Termination, Outcomes of Education, Labor Needs
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