Published in 1993, this book explores the rights that parents have been given over their children’s schooling. Parents now have the right to choose the school their children will attend and to be involved with school management. These rights and roles for parents as customers and managers are intended to make schools more responsive to parental concerns and to improve school quality. This book considers these new roles of parents, how they affect traditional notions of home-school partnerships, and the effect on schools. It will appeal to those interested in home-school relations, in educational governance, and in comparing British policy in these areas with that of Europe.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Munn. 2. Parental Rights in Schooling, Jonathan. 3. Preconceptions about Parents in Education: Will Europe Change Us? Macbeth. 4. Parental Choice and the Enhancement of Children’s Interests, Adler. 5. Parents as School Governors, Golby. 6. Parents as School Board Members: School Managers and Friends? Munn. 7. Parents as Partners: Genuine Progress or Empty Rhetoric? Bastiani. 8. Home-School Relations: A Perspective from Special Education, Hegarty. 9. Ethnic Minorities: Involved Partners or Problem Parents? Tomlinson. 10. Parents and Schools: What Role for Education Authorities? Raab. 11. Conclusion, Munn.