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April 26, 2018 / C H Thompson

Parentocracy (the myth of/criticisms of marketisation)

  • Ball et al (1996) argue parents have been increasingly encouraged become consumers (marketization) of education
  • Turning parents into consumers of education is known as parentocracy
  • Parentocracy is an educational free-market where all parents are assumed to have a free choice of school to sent their children to
  • Ball et al point out parent choice contributes to the reproduction of social-class inequalities by empowering middle-class parents in being able to:



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