chapter  VII
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A BRIDGE TO THE WORLD

THE SCHOOL can be considered as the agent of parents. On this view it exists to provide services which parents unaided could not provide. The parent is seen as the consumer or client and his wishes carry great weight. Alternatively the school can be considered as the agent of the children, existing to further their interests. The pupil is the client or consumer and, as he gets older, his own view of the services he requires should carry more weight. The school which is the agent of parents does not necessarily provide the same services as the school which is first and foremost the agent of the child-here, the needs, capacities and interests of the child receive an independent, professional assessment which may not coincide with the views of parents.