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ERIC Number: EJ1126438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Parental Involvement and Public Schools: Disappearing Mothers in Labor and Politics
Shuffelton, Amy
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v36 n1 p21-32 Jan 2017
In this article, I argue that the material and rhetorical connection between "parental involvement" and motherhood has the effect of making two important features of parental involvement disappear. Both of these features need to be taken into account to think through the positive and negative effects of parental involvement in public schooling. First, parental involvement is labor. In the following section of this paper, I discuss the work of feminist scholars who have brought this to light. Second, parental involvement remains one of the most significant ways in which citizens participate in the public sphere. While education reform projects centered on parental involvement do show some recognition that what parents/mothers do is in fact work, even as they ignore the gendered dimensions of this work and sunnily demand that parents do ever more of it, these projects resist the recognition that parents'/mothers' involvement is also political.
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Language: English
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