Education

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    • Functionalists:
      • Examine institutions in terms of a positive role in society.
      • Believe that schools/colleges teach skills necessary for the modern society.
        • Vocational courses help individuals gain an insight on working life.
      • Functionalists see that the education system grades students according to their ability and placing individuals in sectors they are most suited to.
      • Those who achieve high qualifications are seen as more able and they recieve a higher pay and higher status in society; this is know as the meritocratic system.
    • Marxists:
      • Examines society in terms of a struggle between powerful and less powerful groups.
      • Argue that the powerful groups in society use the education system to impose their own beliefs and values on the rest of society.
      • See education as reinforcing the class system. The lower class are prepared for lowe-status jobs, whereas, the upper class are prepared for higher skilled jobs.
      • Do not believe the education system provides equal opportunities for everyone. It is designed to benefit the more powerful groups.
      • They believe that working-class students are more rejected by teahers and schools
      • They do no view society as a meritocratic because it dfoes not offer an equal oppurtunity to all groups in society.
  • Do not believe the education system provides equal opportunities for everyone. It is designed to benefit the more powerful groups.

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