Evaluation of The Marxist View (AO3)

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  • Evaluation of The Marxist View (AO3)
    • Evidence suggests that class affects achievement - supports Marxist view - 835 of children from MC backgrounds get 5 A*-C's at GCSE, compared to 44% from WC backgrounds - supports ALTHUSSER and BOWLES & GINTIS - challenges functionalist idea of meritocracy
    • Marxists ignore the impact of gender & ethnicity  on achievement - class isn't the only factor
    • Marxism assumes people are passive victims - it exaggerates how much WC students are socialised into obedience. WILLIS showed how students actually resist authority
    • Most people = aware of the inequality in education & don't think that this inequality is legitimate

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