Parental Involvement and the Political Principle: Why the Existing Governance Structure of Schools Should Be Abolished / Edition 1

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1995 Hardcover First Edition; First Printing New in New dust jacket 0787900540. Book and DJ are New, first edition, first printing, B-255, ; Jossey Bass Education Series; 0.7 x ... 9.22 x 6.19 Inches; 192 pages. Read more Show Less

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"Sarason's searching analysis of American school governance raises what may be the most fundamental questions confronting school reform: Who participates? Who decides? On what basis? His answers strike to the heardt of democratic life and create new possibilities for democratic education. Sarason pushes us to look beyond the bureaucracy-- to invent inclusive forms of schooling that engage the minds, hearts, and voices of parents, students, and teachers together. It is impossible to leave this book without a commitment to work toward an answer that will work for children." --Linda Darling-Hammond, Teachers College, Columbia University
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"Democracy is the most inefficient form of government except for all others that have been tried." —Churchill

"Rich in wisdom and wit, Parental Involvement and the Politcal Principle offers a simple yet profound approach to revolutionizing relationships. Typically Sarasonesqu, thie provocative volume provides an Andless supply of new "thinks." It's imperative reading for all interested in durable school reform and social change." —Sharon L. Kagan, senior associate, Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale University

"With passion and deep insight, Seymour Sarason uncovers the tensions between parents and schools that not only impede parental involvement, but undermine education's central mission: motivating children to want to learn about themselves and the world around them. By spotlighting the hidden politics of schoos, this powerful book demands that we expnad our thinking about how to foster meaningful educational change." —Edward Pauly, seior education researcher, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787900540
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Education Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SEYMOUR B. SARASON is professor of psychology emeritus in the Department of Psychology and at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including You Are Thinking of Teaching? (1993), The Case for Change (1993), and The Predictable Failure of Educational Reform (1990).
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Table of Contents

1. Stating the Problem
2. Considerations of Power
3. Sources of Resistance
4. Assets and Deficits
5. From Theory to Practice
6. Beyond the Political Principle
7. Changing the System
8. The Purpose of Schools
9. Some Concluding Remarks
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