‘Nanny state’ row over parent academy (UK)

UK Telegraph 25 Apr 07
Ministers have been accused of “nationalising the family” with plans for the first national college for parenting. In a move designed to crackdown on yobbish behaviour, the Government has earmarked ?30 million for the new academy to coach parents on how to control tearaway children. It forms part of Tony Blair’s “respect agenda” to tackle persistent anti-social behaviour, problem families and young offenders.The new academy – based at King’s College, London – will act as an “international and national hub” to promote the latest ideas on how to raise children and implement recent Government reforms, including new courses designed to improve the bond between fathers and their children and catch-up lessons for parents with literacy and numeracy problems.