chapter  I
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THE CHANGING PARENT: THE SUBSTITUTION OF INFLUENCE FOR POWER

Influence for Power THE ARGUMENT of this book in essence is this: that the family still exerts a powerful influence on the prospects, capacity for development, and life-chances of the young. Schools in general are remarkably ineffective in moderating the influence of family background, when such moderating influences are necessary. Our contemporary problem is less to buttress the influence of parents than to limit it. Conversely we have to learn how to make our schools so effective that they can make a real impact on all the young who are entrusted to them. These developments are necessary and desirable to enable the individual to achieve the fullest development of which he is capable; to further the cause of social justice by eliminating the influence of 'birth'; and to promote a more unified and cohesive society by using schools as a bridge from family life to a wide and diversified range of social contacts, involvements and experiences.