Parent Education Course Writer's Guide/School

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School[edit]

Families should have the opportunity to carry information and ideas that are conducive to the educational processes of their children into schools and playschools. Conversely playschools and schools influence families and show them ways to better support the educational process.

The meaning of the family for educational policy,
conclusions from the PISA study
, Scientific Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Class council and family council[edit]

The class council of a class and the family council of a family are both democratic committees that serve the purpose to facilitate learning processes for social and democratic behavior. Many families can benefit from assistance for family councils through their schools.

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Which forms of cooperation between the class council and the family councils are recommended and why?

  • Example rules for family councils.
  • Recommendations of the class council to the family councils.
  • Votes on issues of the class in the family councils.
  • Votes on issues of families in the class.
  • Assignment of tasks to family councils through the class council.
  • Formal requests from family councils to the class council.

Philosophycracy[edit]

Philosophycracy is a made up word, but the meaning is generic and can be deduced from the components "philosophy" and "krátos". The term philosophy comes from the Ancient Greek word φιλοσοφία (philosophía) and means love of wisdom. The root word κράτος (krátos) is also of Ancient Greek origin and means strength or power, such as in the word democracy. The philosophycracy would consequently be the "rule of the love of wisdom".

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Can one design a council so that all votes have to be based on the philosophical positions of the voters?

The voters would have to determine their philosophical positions in advance and commit to vote in accordance with their philosophy or possibly to abstain from voting. In general it may be almost impossible to anticipate all possible exceptions and conflicts of interest, however, exceptions should be rare enough so that one could at least establish the general positions. Whether a council recognizes an exception or a conflict of interest and allows a deviation from the philosophycracy rule can be left to the council to decide.

A benefit of the prior determination of philosophical positions is that every member of the council gets to know every other council member. To discuss the philosophical positions of other council members could thus be regarded as valuable social behavior.

Parent service[edit]

There is much evidence that the furtherance of children in programs outside of the family benefits if likewise the parents can be won over to give the educational processes of their children more attention and support.

The meaning of the family for educational policy,
conclusions from the PISA study
, Scientific Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

In the U.S. some private schools require that all parents must collaborate in school. Both, services for parents as well as services by parents can be referred to as "parent service". These services may include assistance with school events but also in education. Often merely the family is required to serve a certain number of hours, for instance four hours per month; the family members can then discuss in a family council who accepts this duty in each case, which should also be seen as a positive motivation for discussions. A further psychological effect is that children and teenagers will appreciate the cooperation of their parents if a duty could just as easily be assigned to them. An occasional compulsory school attendance for parents can, however, be used for parent education.

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