«GOVERNMENT’S CONSTRUCTION OF THE RELATION BETWEEN PARENTS AND SCHOOLS IN THE UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN IN ENGLAND: 1963–2009 David Bridges Faculty of ...»
However, in a collection of essays framed by almost universal skepticism of government intervention, I conclude by asking this: in the context of a state education system, what is the principled objection to government action (intervention) aimed at realizing the highest levels of achievement and a reasonably equal distribution of that achievement among our young people, as well as a level of 324 EDUCATIONAL THEORY Volume 60 Number 3 2010 protection from the neglect and abuse that is unfortunately what a small minority of parents have to offer their children? This is not to give a general license to ‘‘interventionism’’ — that is, a constant appetite of government for intervention in parenting or in school-parent relations of a programmatic kind. It does, however, point toward some principled grounds for such interventions where other forms of social and educational practice have been found wanting.
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