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  • Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Kelly's obsession with "parent power" puts disadvantaged families at risk

    According to this article, from the Guardian, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers has warned that the education secretary, Ruth Kelly needs to stop her obsession with "parent power", and focus on tackling the social divide in education:

    "Charles Clarke and his ministers had begun to express this clearly. But now the government seems obsessed with the concepts of parent power and choice," he said. "The problem with that ... is that divisions in social class make the idea of school choice and parent power an illusion. Choice rests with those who have the power to make choices. "I want the government to put the equality agenda back as a priority. I urge Ruth Kelly, like her predecessor, to say she will be steadfast in tackling the effects of social class on children's education."
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