Date Change: Philosophy in Education Seminar Series

The date for the Education and Philosophy Seminar Series first event this semseter has changed from the 31st of October to the 28th of November. All other details remain the same:

Charlotte Haines Lyon (York St John University):
Unpicking the neoliberal noose: working towards democratic parent engagement in a primary school
2pm-3.30pm Humanities Research Institute Seminar Room, Upper Hanover Street

Abstract: Parent engagement is often hailed as the panacea to all ills within the English education system, namely better achievement for children. I argue that such parent engagement is part of the neoliberal endeavour and functions at the expense of democracy. During my doctoral research, in a coastal primary school, I identified three key strands that entwine to form a neoliberal noose that strangles democratic parental engagement: 1) Lack of agency regarding parents within education. 2) Lack of space for parents to debate within schools, or nationally, education and education policy. 3) Lack of collective parent engagement due to the pervasive individualisation within the education system. In this seminar I will share the findings of my work with a group of parents and offer a lifeline to democratic parent engagement.