Child rearing Inc : On the perils of political paralysis Down Under

Graham, Linda J. (2008) Child rearing Inc : On the perils of political paralysis Down Under. Educational Philosophy And Theory, 40(6), pp. 739-746.

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Abstract

In his 2007 PESA keynote address, Paul Smeyers discussed the increasing regulation of child-rearing through government intervention and the generation of “experts,” citing particular examples from Europe where cases of childhood obesity and parental neglect have stirred public opinion and political debate. In his paper (this issue), Smeyers touches on a number of tensions before concluding that child rearing qualifies as a practice in which liberal governments should be reluctant to intervene. In response, I draw on recent experiences in Australia and argue that certain tragic events of late are the result of an ethical, moral and social vacuum in which these tensions coalesce. While I agree with Smeyers that governments should be reluctant to “intervene” in the private domain of the family, I argue that there is a difference between intervention and support. In concluding, I maintain that if certain Western liberal democracies did a more comprehensive job of supporting children and their families through active social investment in primary school education, then both families and schools would be better equipped to deal with the challenges they now face.

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ID Code: 57602
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child protection, primary school education, social inclusion, investment in education
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2008.00466.x
ISSN: 1469-5812 (online) 0013-1857 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 The Author and Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Copyright Statement: - author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing}
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2013 01:36
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 11:30

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