Economy and Family Crises **1. Explain the U.S. system of public
assistance and entitlements, Taking note of Robin
William's definition of the Economy, particularly this
The ten questions with an ** are required answers
and must be answered in half a page for a grade of C
- more depth for a chance at a better
grade. Students are then to choose 5
additional questions of their own choosing to
answer. For two of your choices - feel free to
make up your own essays question if you like. Each
answer is worth 10 points.
"Because of specialization of
production, a highly developed monetary and credit
system, and other factors, the various segments of the
economy are closely interdependent; and changes in any
one major portion of the system have complex
2. Rephrase and explain the
statement that "Property rights are in a state of
rapid change; and the facts are radically different
from those envisaged in popular ideologies and in
certain important legal fictions."
** 3. According to the short
articles by William P. O'Hare and Paula Mergenhagen
for American Demographics, Who are the poor in America
and what do they do with their money? Document any
departures you make from their assertions.
**4. Summarize the effects of
poverty on children according to "Poor Children in
U.S. Increase to Six Million, Columbia University
Record -- February 3, 1995 -- Vol. 20, No. 15" in your
readings. Tie these findings back to our theories.
5. Summarize Witt's article on
Family Violence (see the last paragraph of the
article). Take issue with the idea that family
violence serves functions for our society and is a way
to diffuse alienation away from the appropriate
Religion and Family Crises
**1. What is the official
government position on religion in the schools,
according to the first few pages of the notes?
Contrast this idea of limited religious power and the
durrent climate in our society.
2. There is the real world in
which we all live, and there is the ideal world we all
would like to live in. Religion can help us close this
gap - and it can also serve to widen it. How can
religion do this?
** 3. Summarize Why Religion
Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social
Stability" by Patrick F. Fagan and William H.G.
FitzGerald (the Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No.
1064 - January 25, 1996)
Education and Family Crises
1. Today, everything in a child's
future hinges on education, which hinges on support
from the family, which hinges on parent's education,
which hinged on support from their respective
families. What is there in the culture that can
interrupt this seemingly natural flow of events? What
is there that can hinder educational attainment?
**2. What is the relationship
between family variables and educational performance,
according to the Rand Corporation's study?
3. How does the changing family
indicate a boost for student test scores between
1970-1990 according to the Rand Corp Study?
4. Project Director David W.
Grissmer observes "These findings are like a caution
light at an intersection, warning us to go slow in
dismissing the large investments in public education,
social programs, and equal opportunity policies over
the past twenty years as a waste of resources and a
failure of social policy." What findings was he
talking about specifically?
** 5. Explain the Functions of
Secondary Education, according to the notes? Be
critical and include your own views of the validity or
appropriateness of those functions.
***6. Here is your opportunity to
predict the future of America - a world in which
virtually every college graduate has a debt after
college of over $30,000 and little hope of employment
that will allow them to comfortably pay the debt off
before they are retirement age. Given that
scenario, include your predictions about this
populations ability to save for retirement, or for
their own children's educations.
Government and Family Crises
** 1. After reading the section of
notes on Government and Family Crises, what is, in
your opinion, the role of government in reducing
crime, supporting the poor, and maintaining an
adequate standard of living for all Americans. Keep in
mind the interdependence of all parts of our social
2. Why should the
government/police concentrate their efforts on
adolescent boys? Cite the comparative data for this
group and older males.
3. Drug related crimes are rampant
in our society. What can parents do to insure drug
free kids, according to the notes?
in the 21st Century
1. Summarize Feminist thoughts on
**5 points 2. What is the
difference between the Real and the Ideal according to