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ERIC Number: ED493649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 320
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-7879-6656-8
Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing
Evans, Robert
Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
Students everywhere are harder to reach and teach, their attention and motivation less reliable, their language and behavior more provocative. This is largely because parents, suffering a widespread loss of confidence and competence, are increasingly anxious about their children's success, yet increasingly unable to support and guide them and increasingly assertive and adversarial vis a vis the school. Examining these trends and their underlying causes, Evans calls for a combination of limits and leverage. At the policy level, practitioners must rethink their notions of accountability, accepting the reality that schools cannot overcome all the forces that affect children's lives and learning. At the schoolhouse, educators can improve their impact by clarifying and asserting purpose (core values) and conduct (norms for behavior), and by becoming more appropriately parental vis a vis students and parents. Evans outlines concrete ways to implement these measures, and closes with a reflection on ways to sustain hope and commitment in the face of unprecedented challenge. After an Introduction and a section About the Author, this book consists of the following two parts. Part One: The Changing Context of Child Development, contains the following chapters: (1) "Something's Gone Way Wrong"; (2) The Building Blocks of Healthy Growth; (3) Back to Basics: A Parenting Primer; (4) Fast Forward: The Fragile Family; (5) Losing Connection; (6) Abandoning Authority; (7) Building Resumes; (8) The New Insecurity; and (9) The New Individualism. Part Two: Limits and Leverage: Real-Life Coping for Schools, contains the following chapters: (10) Rethinking Accountability; (11) What Makes Us, Us: Clarifying Purpose and Conduct; (12) Redefining the Home-School Partnership; (13) Resistance and Leadership: Building Faculty Will; (14) Parenting Parents: Building Faculty Skill; and (15) Paradox, Realism, and Hope. The following is appended: Practical Parent Education. This document concludes with Notes, References, Acknowledgments, and an Index.
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Language: English
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