Parents’ Forum conference, Easter 2013
The broad theme of this year’s conference is ‘intergenerational justice’ - what is it, and what’s wrong with it? The draft programme is below.
Saturday 6 April
09.30-11: Intergenerational justice - what does this concept mean? Sally
Clash of generations. Speech by David Willetts to the Policy Exchange, 28 November 2005.
The teenage futility of bashing baby boomers. By Tim Black. spiked, 21 March 2013
The younger generation has been infantilised by the baby boomers. Frank Furedi speaks against the motion ‘The Baby Boomers have stolen the family silver’ at the Intelligence Squared debate at the Royal Geographical Society on 27 October 2011.
Also look at The Intergenerational Foundation website.
11.15-12.30: The clash of generations and the cultural contradictions of capitalism. Jennie
From freewheelin’ Sixties to fearmongerin’ Noughties. spiked, 27 December 2012
‘The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.’ By Daniel Bell. Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 6, No. 1/2, Special Double Issue: Capitalism, Culture, and Education (Jan. - Apr., 1972), pp. 11-38. Access pdf here.
The Closing of the American Mind. By Allan Bloom. (Dip into this one.) Acess pdf here.
1.30-3.30: Burke, Locke and the intergenerational contract. Toby and Dave
John Locke: The Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690). In particular these chapters:
3.45-4.30: Modern Citizenship and the Playground Movement in the United States. Cheryl
American reformers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century looked for methods to create a new form of citizenship in the modern urban-industrial era. Already formulating other types of positive environmentalism, they hit upon the playground movement as a way of moulding urban children into model citizens through the provision of playground facilities and organised activities within playgrounds. A predecessor to the politics of nudge, playground reform helped to usher in a new, more passive understanding of democracy.
5.00: Children’s party and meal in the bar
Sunday 7 April
10-11: The regulation of pregnancy. Jane
1-2: The university, social justice, and the public good. Joanna
Consuming Higher Education, by Joanna Williams. Buy the book here.
Wasted, by Frank Furedi: chapter 2
Parents’ Forum conference, Easter 2012
The theme of this year’s conference is the changing relationship between the private and the public. The programme is below.
Saturday 7 April
The politicisation of the problem of generations (Jennie)
The public and the private (Ellie)
Hannah Arendt: ‘The Public and the Private Realm’. Available here.
1-3.15pm: Session A
Why education shouldn’t be political (Toby)
Why education is a social and generational responsibility (Alka)
Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating, by Frank Furedi. Continuum 2009.
1-3.15pm: Session B
The new interpretation of the ‘welfare of the child’ (Jan)
The problem with adoption policy (Jane)
‘Conception and the Irrelevance of the Welfare Principle.’ By Emily Jackson. Modern Law Review, March 2002
THE NAREY REPORT: A blueprint for the nation’s lost children. The Times, 5 July 2011
5pm Children’s Easter party.
Sunday 8 April
The Lost Generation? Young people, social mobility and the transition to adulthood (Sally)
Consuming higher education – the new construction of the student experience (Joanna)
Apprenticeship week: Let’s stop failing thousands of youngsters. By Peter Jones. Independent, 6 February 2012
1pm-2.15pm: Session A
The Enlightenment coffee-house and the emergence of the public sphere (Beverley)
‘Institutions of the public sphere’. By Jurgen Habermas. From Habermas, J. (1989) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Polity Press, Cambridge.
1pm-2.15pm: Session B
Why parenting can’t be political (Helen)
Giving up too much ground to Supernanny, by Helen Reece. spiked, February 2012.
Parents’ Forum conference, Easter 2011
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Parenting under the Coalition Government: What’s changed?’ The programme is below.
Tuesday 19 April
9am-12 (Chair: Jane)
Big Society: The good, the bad, and the ugly (Beverley)
Inter-generational conflict and the problem of the ‘Baby Boomer’ (Jennie)
The Vetting and Barring Scheme review (Helen)
Big Society: Platoons under siege. The Economist, 10 February 2011
‘Big Society’: catchphrase for an age of small politics. By Mick Hume, spiked, 16 February 2011
‘Baby boomer’. The Phrase Finder (for a definition)
The Pinch, by David Willetts. Atlantic Books, 2010
1-4pm (Chair: Alison)
Smacking and the children’s rights agenda (Josephine)
‘Tiger Moms’ and pushy parenting (Jane)
Obesity and the politics of food (Rob)
Should we smack our children? 4-thought TV: series of mini-films
Who’s afraid of the ‘tiger mother’? By Nancy McDermott. spiked, 28 January 2011
In China, Not All Practice Tough Love. WSJ, 8 January 2011
Amy Chua Is a Wimp, by David Brooks. New York Times, 17 January 2011
Do (strict) Chinese mums know best? Journalist Toby Young and psychologist Oliver James have their say. The Observer, Sunday 16 January 2011
4pm: Close of day
Wednesday 20 April
9.30am-12 (Chair: Ellie)
Social mobility and the ‘parenting deficit’ (Sally)
The rise and rise of ‘parenting science’ (Jan)
Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility.HM Government, April 2011
Social mobility: Nick Clegg declares war on nepotism. BBC News Online, 5 April 2011
Early Intervention: The Next Steps. Graham Allen MP, January 2011
The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults. Frank Field, December 2010
Social mobility: Labour tries to revive flagging crusade to help poor children. The Times January 14, 2009
Now Lib-Con social mobility replaces socialist equality. The Evening Standard, 16 August 2010
More mobile than we think. Prospect, 20 December 2008
Nick Clegg promises to overhaul social mobility. BBC, 18 August 2010
1-3.15pm (Chair: Sally)
Job done? Is a critique of education policy still needed? (Toby)
Further thoughts on parent / teacher relations (Alka)
Closing remarks (Jane)
A Defense of Subject-Based Education, IoI Education Forum
3.15pm: Close of conference, followed by children’s tea party
Standing up to Supernanny: parents in the spotlight
2pm, Sunday 21 March
Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church, University of Oxford
Buy tickets here, or phone Festival Box Office on 0870 343 1001.
In the build up to the election, all the mainstream parties are keen to make their policies on the family distinct. However, what they all agree on is that parenthood requires a massive adjustment to our lives, emotions, and relationships, and we have to be taught how to deal with that by experts. But can it really be so difficult that parents need constant counselling, parenting classes and policies backed by swathes of academic research, to rear their own children? Are today’s parents really so hopeless they need supernannies’ assistance to cope? Might the current focus on hapless parents increase their insecurity and diminish parental authority over their own children?
Jennie Bristow: author, Standing up to Supernanny; editor, Parents With Attitude
Dr Val Gillies: Reader, Families & Social Capital Research Group, London South Bank University; author of Marginalised Mothers: Exploring Working Class Experiences of Parenting
Christina Hardyment: author, Dream Babies: Babycare Advice from John Locke to Gina Ford
Jennifer Howze: Online Lifestyle Editor, The Times; lead blogger, Alpha Mummy (Times Online‘s parenting blog)
Parents’ Forum conference, Easter 2010
The programme is below.
Saturday 10 April
7pm: Welcome, in the bar area (Beverley)
Sunday 11 April: Intimacy, privacy and the family
10 - 11.15am: What’s changed about the family? Jennie (Chair: Jane)
Why we need a parents’ liberation movement, by Jennie Bristow. spiked, 27 June 2008
11.15am - 12: The couple relationship and parenting practices Charlotte (Chair: Jane)
‘Reviewing Intimacy’, by Jacqui Gabb. Working Paper for the ‘Researching Families’ project. (2006) [.pdf]
12 - 1.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm - 2.30pm: Young mothers and the expansion of the teenage pregnancy ‘problem’ Jan (Chair: Ellie)
Monday 12 April: Education and the crisis of adult authority
9.45am-11am: The crisis of teachers’ authority Toby and Michele (Chair: Claire)
Knowledge must come first, then teaching, by Michele Ledda. Daily Telegraph, 19 January 2010
TLRP’s evidence-informed pedagogic principles. Teaching and Learning Research Programme
11am-12: Trust and the parent-teacher relationship Alka (Chair: Sally)
Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating, by Frank Furedi. Continuum 2009.
1.30-2.15pm: Social exclusion and play policy Joanna and Jim (Chair: Beverley)
The political construction of social inclusion, by Joanna Williams [.doc]
2.15pm - 3pm: Parental authority and discipline Helen (Chair: Beverley)
Is it legitimate for society to sanction a particular parenting model? What accounts for the increasing hegemony of the positive parenting model? What assumptions underlie the current social approach to smacking? To what extent are the findings of social science research into the effects of parenting style on child development meaningful?
Chapter 8 in Paranoid Parenting: Why Ignoring the Experts May be Best for Your Child, by Frank Furedi. A Cappella Books, 2002
Beyond ‘anti-smacking’, by Phillips and Alderson IJCR 2003 [.pdf]
Effects of Authoritative Parental Control on Child Behavior, by Diana Baumrind Child Development 1966
Corporal Punishment, by David Benatar. Originally published in Social Theory & Practice
Tuesday 13 April: Parenting politics and policy
9.45-11am: The Early Years focus Josephine; The development of family policy Ellie (Chair: Alison)
Support for All: the Families and Relationships Green Paper. Department for Children, Schools and Families, January 2010
Conservative Party Draft Families Manifesto, January 2010
Ten years of family policy: 1999-2009 [.pdf] By Claire James. Family and Parenting Institute, October 2009
A timeline of events marking parenting policy Family and Parenting Institute
11am-12: The General Election and the Parents’ Forum: future discussions and events Jane (Chair: Sally)
12-12.15pm: CONFERENCE CLOSE Beverley
Additional readings: Intimacy, privacy and the family
Standing Up To Supernanny, by Jennie Bristow. Imprint Academic 2009
Women in the workforce: Female power. The Economist , 30 December 2009
Reinventing the Family: In Search of Lifestyles, by Elisabeth Beck Gernsheim. Polity Press 2002
Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage and Feminism, by Christopher Lasch. WW Norton & Co 1998
Dodds, A. (2009). Families “at risk” and the Family Nurse Partnership: the intrusion of risk into social exclusion policy, Journal of Social Policy, 38: 3.
Duncan, S. (2007). What’s the problem with teenage parents? And what’s the problem with policy? Critical Social Policy, Vol. 27, No. 3, 307-334.
Edwards, R. and Gillies, V (2004). Support in Parenting: Values and consensus concerning who to turn to. Journal of Social Policy, 33:4: 627-647.
Arai, L. (2005). Peer and neighbourhood influences on teenage pregnancy and fertility: qualitative findings from research in English communities. Health and Place Vol.13 (1): 87-98.
Arai, L (2003a). British policy on teenage pregnancy and childbearing: the limitations of comparisons with other European countries. Critical Social Policy, Vol. 23, No. 1, 89-102 (2003)
Bullen E., Kenway J. and Hay V. (2000). New Labour, Social Exclusion and Educational Risk Management: the case of ‘gymslip mums’. British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 26, No.4.
Carabine, Jean (2007). New Labour’s teenage pregnancy policy: constituting knowing responsible citizens? Cultural Studies, 21(6), pp. 952–973.
Additional readings: Education and the crisis of adult authority
Tories promise to make teaching ‘brazenly elitist’. BBC News Online, 18 January 2010
Don’t judge teachers by their degrees. Guardian, 18 January 2010
Professional Trust, by Ian Frowe. British Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 53, no.1, March 2005, pp 34-53
Education: The Engagement and its Frustration in The Voice of Liberal Learning, by Michael Oakeshott.
Additional readings: Parenting politics and policy
The Character Inquiry. Demos, January 2010
Building Character [.pdf] By Jen Lexmond and Richard Reeves. Demos, November 2009.
Breakdown Britain Centre for Social Justice 14 December 2006
Battle of Ideas 2009
The Battle of Ideas 2009 will be a two-day festival of high-level, thought-provoking debate organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Art.
See here for information about the event and to buy tickets.
Parents With Attitude readers might be particularly interested in the following sessions:
Frankenstein’s Daughters: from science fiction to science fact?
Whose Right to Choose? Choice, ethics and regulation in 21st-century reproduction
Three’s a crowd? The battle over population and reproduction
We don’t need no Sex Education
Policing the Playground: do anti-bullying campaigns do more harm than good?
Standing up to Supernanny: why we need a Parents’ Liberation Movement
Sporty kids and pushy parents