Do you think sociologists should try reform society or study it?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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It is my belief that sociologists should study society instead of reforming it. A sociologist studies society and its behavior. They examine cultures, groups, and social institutions that have been developed by people.  They do research, collect data, analyze it, make conclusions, and report on their findings. Once the sociologists have done their work, I believe it is up to others to make or suggest the reforms. The momentum for making these reforms may come from various individuals. Teachers, administrators, politicians, and social workers could use the information gathered by sociologists to correct perceived problems or issues.  For example, journalists could do in-depth reporting on whatever issue may need reforming. Based on their stories, citizens could put pressure on their elected officials to pass laws to improve the situation. Consumers could pressure business owners to change policies to correct an injustice that may exist. During the Progressive Era, this is how many reforms were made.  Journalists wrote about issues in society.  This led to political pressure to change laws.  Therefore, sociologists should study society, analyze data, and prepare reports while leaving it up to other groups to bring about the needed changes.