Social work in the 19th century

            After frustrating years in social work, I came across an article I wished I’d seen when I was in school, about social work in the past.  In those days social workers saw some of the poor as improvident and irresponsible.  If a man came to a social agency hungry, he had to chop wood to get a meal.  If a woman came, she had to sew to get a meal.  This sorted out those who wouldn’t work, and made those who would, feel they had done something to earn their meal.


Advice to immigrants

            Many immigrants courageously come to the U.S. knowing little of the language and customs.  It takes them a long time to adapt. When I was their English teacher, social worker, roommate and friend, I used to advise them:


-          Consider living near your relatives, your ethnic group, a good climate (very important) and between a big city where the jobs are and the country where you’re more of an individual.

-          Learn about self-help groups.  If you can’t find one, start one.

-          Avoid welfare – the longer you’re on, the harder to get off.

Japan bashing in the 90s


In the early 90s we were told the Japanese had caused our trade deficit, were ‘buying’ America, were getting ahead at our expense, and we shouldn’t take it.But were we in a position to criticize them?

College credit for this?

closingoftheamericanmindFrom what I read, community colleges today are like they were in the early 80s when I took a writing class.Then the instructor suggested we buy two books, but few students did and no assignments were given from them.Some writing was assigned and almost anything could have used.It was gone over gently in class.If anyone had done a poor job, it was never brought up.

The classes were mostly discussion; there were few notes taken and no tests.I missed many classes and assignments and easily earned 3 units of credit.(I had worked harder in junior high school.)

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