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Parents and Schools: The 150 Year Struggle for Control in American Education


reviewed by Lee Shumow — 2002

coverTitle: Parents and Schools: The 150 Year Struggle for Control in American Education
Author(s): William W. Cutler III
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226132161, Pages: 296, Year: 2000
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Scholars, educators, and parents agree that good relationships between parents and schools benefit students. Consensus has not been reached about how those good relationships should be achieved, who holds responsibility for what, and where control should reside in making educational decisions. The book Parents and Schools: The 150 Year Struggle for Control in American Education points out that issues and problems relating to home school relationships, and the struggle for resolving them, are not new. Heretofore, little attention has been paid to the history of the home school relationship in American education. This book provides a historical perspective that will inform scholars, advanced students, and practitioners. Using minutes from meetings, committee reports, policy statements, association records, published articles, research reports, and histories published by scholars, Cutler traces the relationship between parents and schools from 1840 until the 1990s. The book does much to explain how the current relationship between parents and schools developed and provides reason to question simplistic solutions to our nation’s educational problems. In demonstrating that parents and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 84-87
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10755, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 2:57:01 AM

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  • Lee Shumow
    Northern Illinois University
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    Lee Shumow, Educational Psychology and Foundations Department, Northern Illinois University. Lee Shumow studies parental influences on student adjustment and the contributions of community, family, and school characteristics to parenting beliefs and behaviors. Her article (with colleague, Jon Miller) “Parents’ At-home and at-school involvement with young adolescents” was published recently in The Journal of Early Adolescence. She has just completed and presented research studies on predictors and effects of parental efficacy for adolescents’ academic and social-emotional adjustment (with colleague, Richard Lomax) and on how homework tasks are related to the quality and kind of homework assistance parents provide their elementary school children. She is currently designing a course for teachers to help them develop knowledge and skills for working with parents.
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