Joseph Featherstone, a social historian, speaks about schools as society’s ‘theater,’ the large stage on which our major cultural sagas are enacted and opportunities and casualties of social change are most visible and vivid. We look inside schools – and at the relationship between schools and their communities – and see, in microcosm, the struggles over how we define and enact equality, justice, oppression, and democracy in our society. We witness the dramas surrounding immigration, assimilation, individuation, and indoctrination. . . .
Inevitably, teachers embody many of the schools’ social and cultural traits; they are the human face of the institution, receiving, absorbing, and deflecting the praise and blame. . . Teachers’ interactions with parents, then, are an expression of these broader forces. . . .
Is theater a good metaphor to describe the relationship between schools and their communities? Would anyone care to share stories (good or bad) about parent/teacher interactions?