Should we teach parenting?

In May 2014, Charlotte Faircloth chaired an event at the House of Commons in association with Faculti, asking the question ‘Should we teach parenting?’ (Updated links coming soon)

The idea was to address an issue which has been at the forefront of much recent policy making, academic research and media commentary – with vociferous voices on both sides of the debate.

Panellists that night included individuals from a range of professions: Professor Rosalind Edwards (Southampton University), Professor Val Gillies (London South Bank University), John Hemming MP, Jennifer Howze (Britmums) and Naomi Eisenstadt (University of Oxford/former Director of Surestart).

They were asked the following questions. Follow the links below to watch the short films of their responses and see the panellists’ biographies:

1. When did politicians start being interested in ‘parenting’? 

2. Should we be concerned or pleased about this interest in parenting, and in particular, early intervention?

3. Are we really talking about poverty when we talk about ‘poor’ parenting?

4. If parenting can be taught, what should happen to parents who ‘fail’ to learn it?

5. Is there an information overload for parents these days?

You can also read this blog by Charlotte about the event.

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