What do you feel is the greatest need in social work?
Basically, I see two major needs in social work. One is to instill hope and the other one is to instill a sense of belonging (acceptance). If one has no hope, they have no reason to strive to improve their life situation. If one feels they will never belong or be accepted, they will give up and continue to life on the fringe of society. A social worker needs to help the client see their importance and that there is hope for the future.
Are children born as a blank slate or are they just products of their DNA?
Both environment and DNA play important functions in the development of children. Some things are obviously set by DNA, e.g. hair color, eye color, etc. Other things are the result of how the child is reared. If the child is reared by parents who are neglectful and do not spend time forming strong attachments with the child, then that child will struggle later on in life with all types of relationships. Human beings are affected by both DNA and their environment, but they also have free choice. I know of three brothers who grew up in the same home, went to the same schools, had all the same opportunities yet turned out completely different. One became a dean at a Bible college while the other two are in prison without parole because of multiple crimes including murder. They shared DNA and environment, but made their own choices.
What are some of the factors prompted the ratification of the 18th Amendment?
Many factors played a vital role in prompting Congress to pass and the states to ratify the 18th Amendment. The most obvious factors would have to include the various temperance leagues that swayed public opinion against the use of intoxicating drinks. In an attempt to solve social problems such as domestic abuse and financial neglect of families by men who were spending too much time and money on alcohol, the temperance leagues pushed for eradicating the sell and manufacture of alcoholic beverages.