ERIC Number: EJ1050805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Improving Public Schools through the Dissent of Parents: Opting out of Tests, Demanding Alternative Curricula, Invoking Parent Trigger Laws, and Withdrawing Entirely
Stitzlein, Sarah M.
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v51 n1 p57-71 2015
Some parents and caregivers, frustrated by low academic performance of their local school, emphasis on testing, or the content of the curriculum, have worked independently or formed parent groups to speak out and demand improvements. Parents and families enact solutions such as opting out of tests, developing alternative curricula, invoking parent trigger laws, and withdrawing their children from public schools. When engaged well, these outcries of family dissent can be used to improve public schools and to keep them truly public. In this article, I define good dissent and show how it keeps schools healthy. I examine the actions, publications, and web sites of major parent organizations and individual parents to argue that some parents are demonstrating good and admirable dissent that can help improve school quality, parent satisfaction with schools, and student experiences in them; others not only fail to employ good dissent, but may actually be hurting the viability of our public schools and the type of graduate they produce.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Dissent, Parent Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Withdrawal (Education), Caregivers, Activism, Child Advocacy, Publications, Web Sites, Parent Rights, Parent Associations, Educational Quality, Student Experience, School Effectiveness, Best Practices, Testing Programs, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Operations Research, Parent Role, School Restructuring
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