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(community and personal)
problems addressed by TIA:
violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, other addictions,
road rage, office rage, bullying, homelessness,
teenage rebellion, thrill-seeking and depression,
major crime, even illiteracy, high divorce rates and
personal problems that lead to neuroses, bankruptcy
or emotional breakdowns.
Commentary now has an article about how TV advertising and programs
shape lives and harm the health of those who believe them. Both are
designed to make money, not to promote good health and well-being.
is a social problem anyway? Despite the
fact that we are surrounded by them and no one can
escape them, some people are not aware of what
social problems are and how deeply these problems
impact their lives.
Each of us knows we have our own individual
problems. That's personal. When many people have the
same problem and that problem begins to cost
taxpayer money to address it, it's a social problem.
It's really that simple to define.
Almost all of the work conducted by police and
social workers and much of the work of firefighters
has to do with social problems. Teachers, who are
primarily responsible for educating the children in
their classes, have social problems when many
classes have children called "discipline problems".
Then those kids eventually leave school and create
work for the police, different social problems.
Prisons are stark evidence of social problems. So
are psychiatric hospitals. Most of the positions in
these publicly funded institutions would disappear
if, as children, the inmates had received better
education in social and emotional skills.
They didn't know how to cope with the severe
problems of adulthood, including those of
relationships and personal finances, just surviving
as an adult, so each took separate routes to going
so far off course that they needed to be confined in
taxpayer funded institutions.
Drugs and alcohol are recognized as social problems
because addicts do antisocial acts to get money to
pay for them. Break-ins, home invasions (break-ins
where the resident is at home) and various other
forms of robbery are done mostly to get money to buy
drugs or other addictive substances.
Gambling, spousal abuse, child abuse, murder (most
often of someone well known to the perpetrator),
most forms of mental illness and many acts that are
against the law are forms of social problems. They
involve people other than the perpetrator, the
person with the personal problem. When they do, then
the problem becomes a social problem.
What do they all have in common? Almost all can be
traced back to each individual's inability to cope
with life problems that a majority of us manage to
survive. They do not have the emotional or social
skills to know what to do, where to turn, when they
face a problem they perceive as severe.
Some turn inward, creating psychiatric illnesses for
themselves. Some rebel and lash out at others. Some
break the law to get money they believe they can't
get any other way.
Think about it. If you suddenly had a severe
financial problem that would cause you to lose
everything you built your life on, who would you
turn to? Does any government, the organizations that
sponsor prisons, jails and psychiatric hospitals,
have anyone you could contact for help or advice?
For most of us, the answer is a clear NO. Why not?
Compared with institutions, such positions would be
dirt cheap to fund.
Social problems are issues that can be addressed.
Easily and fairly cheaply. First we need to accept
and admit that we need to do something--something
positive and constructive, instead of something
negative such as punishments--to change the way
things are now.
Not taking steps to address these problems is itself
a social problem. That's what Turning It Around is
all about. Making solutions accessible to everyone.
consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and
thinking what no one else has thought."
Albert Szent-Gyvrgyi, Nobel Prize for
Turning It Around not only addresses
a lack of good information among new parents, it
gives teachers what they need to know to fulfill
their roles as parental replacements when kids are
You don't need a
license to become a parent. You do need this book
as a guide to parenting and grandparenting.
tells it straight, what kids need and how parents
and teachers can provide it. It even shows school
boards and state/provincial governments how they
can make inexpensive changes to meet the needs of
every community in the 21st century.
Turning It Around:
Causes and Cures for Todays Epidemic Social
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reluctant of them will want to discuss.
It has loads of good advice for everyone. And the
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In the process
of reading, you will learn how you can better take
control of your own life.
impossible? It's not. In our desperate search for
personal wealth and instant solutions to problems
around us, we have overlooked the basics that hold
any nation, any culture, any people, any family
together. They are the cure.
The answers are
around us, if we look in the right places. Look
in this book first.
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It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic