How Social Work Became the Pit of Despair It Is Today

Who Killed Civil Society?: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms   by Howard Husock The Manhattan Institute's Howard Husock begins this overview of social services in America by considering the "biggest mystery" of his childhood — namely, "how my father survived his."  Husock's dad was an orphan living in a scruffy Philadelphia neighborhood during the Great Depression.  The answer his dad provided was "The Agency," a private, largely volunteer organization that stressed norms over material provisions — a message often delivered to the elder Husock by a widow who rode in a chauffeured Cadillac across town to encourage principles like self-control, honesty, and good manners. By contrast, today's social service message is that "institutional barriers are to blame" for the plight of America's "marginalized" individuals.  In the words of a recent...(Read Full Article)
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