Western societies face many challenges. The growing inequality and the diminishing role of the welfare state and the rapid accumulation of the resources of a finite planet at the top 1% have made the world an inhospitable place to many families.
Parents are left alone to deal with the big societal problems and reverse their impact on their children's educational achievement and life chances.
The 'average' working family is sliding down the social ladder with a significant impact on children's learning and wellbeing.
We now know that parental involvement with children's learning (although important in its own right) is not the primary mechanism through which poverty translates to underachievement and reduced social mobility.
Far more relevant to children's learning and emotional wellbeing is their parents' income and educational qualifications.
The mantra of 'what parents do matters' is hypocritical considering the strong influence that poverty has on parents and children.
We can no longer argue that we live in a classless society, especially as it becomes clear that most governmental reforms are class based and affect poor families disproportionately.
In this book, Dimitra Hartas explores parenting and its influence on children's learning and wellbeing while examining the impact of social class amidst policy initiatives to eradicate child poverty in 21st Century Britain.