Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-24-2020

Publication Title

Comparative Education

Volume

16

Issue

3

Pages

365-378

Publisher Name

Taylor and Francis

Abstract

In this special issue exploring parents’ responses to neoliberal policy changes, especially shifting notions of risk and responsibility, this article provides a historical account of local and national policy initiatives in the contemporary United States that have increased risk and placed responsibility for this risk on the shoulders of parents (as well as educators). The opening section of the paper reviews major recent policy documents and initiatives in the United States, from the landmark 1983 report ‘A Nation at Risk’ to the current age of test-based accountability. In the following sections, the paper explores what two Chicago parents themselves had to say about risk and responsibility in public schooling. What, in their views, were the actual risks? What did they think their responsibilities were, as parents? What did they do in response to the shifting policyscape?

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Author Posting © Taylor and Francis, 2020. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor and Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Comparative Education, Volume 56, Issue 3, February 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2020.1724490

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