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2.0 out of 5 stars Hear We Go Again, 31 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Do Parents Know They Matter?: Raising achievement through parental engagement (Paperback)
This book tries hard and is worth a look even if only to back up the importance of parents. That is the good news. Let us take three researchers, a whole bunch of research and some schools where the staff are really trying hard to make busted (mainly YEAR) systems work in the way all schools do. Let us then take on board a whole raft of ideas and present them as drivers, approaches and solutions. For me nearly every approach mentioned falls dangerously short of what is needed to promote learning partnerships and simply reinvents the factory school. If there is any group that fails to understand schools as organisations it is researchers. They simply do not 'get it' but think they do. The book title somehow patronising and presents parents as something less than what they are. Parents do matter and it is for schools to forge the key partnership links to ensure this remains so. However, any school that has Year pastoral care systems will never do this well...remotely well. How a school functions as a learning system is critical. Parent partnership has to be built in to the system not added on. Think customer care as a starter.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2013 10:29:08 BDT
Interesting that the reviewer didn't read the biogs to see that one of the three authors is an experienced school leader and school practice is a feature of this book.
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