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Is social welfare policy any help when it comes to getting an education?

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readeal3 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM via web

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Is social welfare policy any help when it comes to getting an education?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM (Answer #1)

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This depends a great deal on how you are defining “social welfare policy.”  It also depends on what you consider to be “help.”

In a way, social welfare policy is the way in which most people in America get education.  The government provides schools that anyone can make use of at no charge.  This can be seen as social welfare policy because it is meant to increase the welfare of the people by educating them.

If you are thinking of social welfare policy in a more restrictive way, it is still possible to say that this policy helps you to get an education.  For example, let us say that you are a very poor child.  If your family gets money from the welfare system, or if it gets food through the food stamps program, it will help you get an education.  That is because it feeds you and helps you afford school supplies and clothes.  This sort of support does not directly get you an education, but it makes it more possible for you to go to school and become educated.

Thus, we can say that social welfare policy does help you get an education, but that depends on your definitions. 

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