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April 26, 2018 / C H Thompson

Parentocracy (or the myth of parentocracy)

Ball et al point out parent choice contributes to the reproduction of social-class inequalities by empowering middle-class parents in being able to:

  • be financially better equipped to shop around, find the best schools and then move into the catchment areas of high performing schools
  • be better able to understand and compare schools in the league tables
  • be better able to access, understand and evaluate Ofsted reports
  • be better able, both financially and logistically, to make effective use of appeals procedures

The above points are seen to give middle-class parents an advantage over working-class parents who are seen to be:

  •  financially less able to shop around, find the best schools and then move into the catchment areas of high performing schools (post-code lottery)
  • less able to understand and compare schools in the league tables
  • less able to access, understand and evaluate Ofsted reports
  • less able, both financially and logistically, to make effective use of appeals procedures

Which is why some sociologists refer to the myth of parentocracy being the criticisms of marketisation of education

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