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Poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, school dropouts, and the necessity for public welfare are not new social problems in our society. At the present time great national effort and much money are being spent to attack many social ills through antipoverty programs. These programs are receiving attention at this time because the increased industrialization and urbanization of today have widened the gap between our American ideals and practices. More people are aware of the resulting inequalities. And people are also aware that society has the power and ability to do something about it. Currently, one of the complex problems facing the United States is putting into practice the ideal of educating all of the children of all of the people.· As a group the children of the poor have not profited from public school education. One effective method of attacking a social problem is through prevention. As a result of this knowledge great emphasis has been placed on improving the schools in the disadvantaged areas.

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