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From the Publisher'Parents now play a more central part in educational policy throughtheir role as parent governors in schools. But despite this,policy, or indeed assumptions about the ways in which schoolsshould operate, are not based on a realistic view of the lives ofmothers and fathers or on the ways in which family life has changedin recent years. Miriam David argues convincingly that we cannotsensibly discuss schooling without taking account of what goes onin the home. This book breaks new ground in its analysis of therelationship of home and school and is essential reading for anyoneconcerned with children, education or parenthood.'
Martin Richards, Centre for Family Research, University ofCambridge
'This is a timely and thorough review of changes in partypolitical positions, policy approaches and the preoccupations ofsocial science research regarding education that enables us toappreciate the magnitude of the 1980s changes, particularly inrespect of the shifting meaning of the partnership between home andschool.'
Jane Lewis, The London School of Economics and PoliticalScience
'A timely and interesting book.' Political Studies
'David provides a good summary of family change in recentdecades together with a balanced and comprehensive account ofeducational policy.' Social Policy