ERIC Number: ED334028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Education. Policy Perspectives Series.
Coleman, James S.
This policy paper addresses policymakers' concerns about parents' dwindling role in their children's lives and the resulting burden that has been placed on schools. A historical perspective of the roles of families and schools is provided. First, the man's employment in a job outside the home as households left the farm, and then the mother's entry into the labor force, have expanded the task of the school beyond that of bringing about growth in cognitive skills to that of complementing the family in child rearing. The concept of social capital, which consists of the social relations that exist in the family or community, is discussed. A new role for schools is suggested. This role involves rebuilding the social capital in the community. With the decline of parental authority and community consensus, the school's capacity to exercise the authority necessary to accomplish its task has been reduced. Rebuilding parental consensus through recreating social capital addresses this problem. Suggestions for rebuilding social capital in the community and the family are given. Parents' assertion of their rights to be involved in the education of their children is encouraged. A list of resources for schools and parents, and a bibliography of 20 items, are included. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Community Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Women, Family Environment, Family Role, Family School Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent Rights, Parents, Rural to Urban Migration, School Community Relationship, School Policy, School Role, Social Capital, Social Change
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 065-000-00459-3, $1.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Programs for the Improvement of Practice.