Implications For Social Workers
Social Workers deal with the condition of the human life of individuals, how individuals grow and interact within the families and how families affect the overall quality of the society of which they are an integral part. This is a major task and a major responsibility that the social workers shoulder through numerous social agencies but ultimately single handedly, on a one to one basis.
The buck, in the case of social work, really stops with the social worker. In the end, it is his or her knowledge and resourcefulness which saves the day and sees that the child or an adult grows to become a fully actualized, hopeful and fulfilled human being.
The resources currently available to the social worker, however, are limited to the conventional avenues of education, health care, financial subsidies and the like. These are grossly inadequate making individuals dependent on the system. Some of the systems such as education are also time consuming requiring years of schooling with disappointing results in terms of jobs as well as useable knowledge which they can apply to their daily life thereby improving the quality of their life despite the meager resources they may have available to them. Education, in short does not bring self sufficiency which is the basic requirement for becoming a fully actualized human being.
These pitfalls of the prevailing system require that a social worker be for ever on the look out for newer, hopefully inexpensive and less time consuming, means of aiding the struggling individual with the emphasis on making the individual as much self sufficient as possible.
One way to do this is to eliminate confusion so as to enable the individuals to see, for instance, how our bodies work in health and disease, how science, government business and industry, economy and politics, including religion and now New Age movement's promises and rhetoric simplify or complicate our lives and how a solid knowledge base acquired as an ongoing process of life long learning can enable a person to think for oneself and thereby live a far more fulfilling life than is currently possible.
In this regard we are inviting the social workers to look into the integrated science curriculum serendipitously discovered by Dr. R. Haque of the University of Illinois Chicago, USA. This curriculum removes most of the redundancies and confusions out of understanding science and since science and science based discoveries and treatments are such an integral part of our daily lives, it ends up replacing confusion with clarity and fear with logic.
This curriculum also prepares individuals for further education through our colleges and universities. The only difference is that now they go there as scholars and not as struggling individuals trying to "find themselves and their life's mission" which more often than not they don't find even after graduation.
The least expensive way to introduce people to this form of learning is via workshops that the institute offers on an ongoing basis. Each, three hour long, hands on, supervised lab workshop costs only $30.00 where parents are invited to join in for free.
The workshops thus serve a dual purpose. Beside preparing students to learn science by doing science, they also provide bonding opportunities between parents and the child which could help eliminate many of the developmental snags which result from lack of parent-child bonding.
These workshops, which are open to children as young as 11 years old, prepare student to understand how science is done, thereby making the dreaded subjects of chemistry, physics and biology not only comprehensible but enjoyable. It is these subjects which scare students out of science during or soon after the ninth grade because the students were never prepared for understanding these subjects prior to entering the ninth grade
These workshops can thus put a student on a life long learning path. We have also noticed that the parents who ran out of science during or soon after the 9th grade find a newer liking for science and with it an increased sense of self worth and self confidence.
To obtain further information on these workshops as well as how to register for these workshops, go to Current and Ongoing Programs.