Giving specific and realistic suggestions for addressing our society's pervasive social problems

Updated with recent issues such as the national debate on health care reform, this Second Edition of How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? gives students a sense of hope by demonstrating specific, realistic steps we can take to solve some of the most pervasive social problems in America today. Author James Crone maintains a sense of sociological objectivity throughout and helps students realize that we can take steps to solve such key social problems as poverty, racial and ethnic inequality, unequal education, and environmental issues. The book's first two chapters define “social problem,,” provide a theoretical background, discuss the daunting barriers we face in attempting to solve social problems, and demonstrate how sociology can help.

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How Can We Solve the Problem of Unequal Education?

How can we solve the problem of unequal education?

A number of elementary, middle, and high school students in our country go to very good schools. They have well-qualified teachers, decent-sized classes, good facilities, and a safe environment. They are getting the kind of educational experience that we hope all children in the United States can get. However, as you no doubt know, many children in our country do not go to these kinds of good schools. Kozol (1991), in his book Savage Inequalities, documented some of the deplorable conditions that a number of our American children must endure in school. Moreover, with the economy being in bad shape in the early 2000s, and with the local, ...

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