KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.
Chapter 11: Examining the Elementary and Secondary Education System in the United States and One Family’s Dilemma: Fight or Flight
Examining the Elementary and Secondary Education System in the United States and One Family’s Dilemma: Fight or Flight
When the letter addressed to “The Parents of Julius Wilson” arrived, Lavonda knew it might contain great news or just more disappointing news for her 9-year-old son and his future. Even without opening the envelope, Lavonda could see from the return address that it contained results of the annual lottery for admission to Oakesdale Charter School. Each year, hopeful parents from across Middleton School District enter the lottery, pinning the hopes and dreams of their children on a winning ticket offering the chance at an excellent education ...