How to Fix the Social Work Education Industry

It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the “social work degree” requirement for public sector employment is unconstitutional, which in turn has led to a wave of privatization of public schools across the country.

The problem?

It doesn’t work, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution.

Social work degrees are the best predictor of employment in the private sector, but not the best indicator of job satisfaction.

The report, titled “Public Sector Jobs and the American Workforce: What We Know and What We Should Do About It,” found that only about one-third of social workers who receive a bachelor’s degree have jobs that are as good as those in the public sector.

This is a problem because the study finds that students who receive bachelor’s degrees with higher levels of specialization tend to perform worse in their jobs than those who earn their degrees in more general education fields.

In other words, the students who are trained in specialized fields are more likely to be able to perform well in the job market than students who learn in general education. 

In a new report, the Brookings report on the social work degrees problem finds that social work graduates perform worse than students from more general educational backgrounds, but the difference is small.

This could be due to the fact that students from less specialized fields perform better, but in the aggregate it’s likely that students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees perform worse on average. 

The study also found that the social worker degree is an inferior indicator of employee satisfaction.

While the degree’s popularity is growing, the researchers found that “social workers who earn a bachelor degree are less satisfied than other social workers.”

This suggests that social workers with more specialized training perform worse, but there’s no evidence to support this theory.

The study found that, on average, students with a bachelor in social work are more satisfied than students with other degree-granting degrees, such as a master’s or doctoral. 

“The best way to improve the social workers’ condition is to increase the number of social work schools, which have been highly successful over the past decade,” the authors conclude. 

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