Publisher description for Family matters : how schools can cope with the crisis in childrearing / Robert Evans.


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Counter 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, we must rethink our 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 à 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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Child rearing United States, Home and school United States, Children United States Social conditions