Role of Education

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  • Role of education
    • Functionalist Theory
      • Education allocates people to their most appropriate jobs suited for their talents using examinations into their roles as adults
      • Socializing young people into key vales e.g. equality of opportunity teaches the skills required by a modern industrial society
      • achieved status: you can achieve what ever you want no matter your class
      • Talcott  Parsons argued we live in a meritocratic society where our social position is based on our ability
      • The "hidden curriculum" teaches students to be obbident
        • "The  hidden curriculum" in school teaches students to be an obedient workforce to make the middle class rich
        • "The hidden curriculum reinforces stereotypes so women wont feel equal
          • "The  hidden curriculum" in school teaches students to be an obedient workforce to make the middle class rich
      • The most talented are allocated the most functionally important jobs in society
      • Society norms and values are transmitted to pupils from one generation to another
      • Education contributes to economic growth by training its pupils to be a hard working skilled, work force
    • Marxist Theory
      • The education system automatically works against the working class by providing the rich with qualificaitons
      • The working class are exploited by those above them
      • Paul Willis found that working class children opted out of education
      • Working class children lack the cultural capital to do well in education
      • Working class students are encouraged to conform to capitalism and accept failure
      • Education socializes students to posses a false class consciousness about the world failing to see the inequalities in the capitalist soceity
      • Louis Althusser 1971 believed education prepares the working class for their later exploitation in the work place
      • Correspondence theory is that the classroom mirrors the work place
      • Ascribed status which means your social position is determined by what you're born into
        • "the myth of meritocracy" and that in fact the education system doesn't allow people to be whatever they want
          • Talcott  Parsons argued we live in a meritocratic society where our social position is based on our ability
    • Feminist Theory
      • Education helps enforce a patriarchal society which helps meet the  needs of men
      • Many children''s books portray women as dependent on men
      • A patriarchal curriculum, what is taught in school creates gender inequalities
      • Men dominate particular roles in society e.g. headteachers getting these high paying roles leaving women financially dependent on men
      • Women go and get lower paid jobs and end up dependent on the man
        • Men dominate particular roles in society e.g. headteachers getting these high paying roles leaving women financially dependent on men
      • "The hidden curriculum reinforces stereotypes so women wont feel equal
    • Functionalist Theory
      • Education allocates people to their most appropriate jobs suited for their talents using examinations into their roles as adults
      • Socializing young people into key vales e.g. equality of opportunity teaches the skills required by a modern industrial society
      • achieved status: you can achieve what ever you want no matter your class
      • The "hidden curriculum" teaches students to be obbident
        • The most talented are allocated the most functionally important jobs in society
        • Society norms and values are transmitted to pupils from one generation to another
        • Education contributes to economic growth by training its pupils to be a hard working skilled, work force
      • Ascribed status which means your social position is determined by what you're born into
        • "the myth of meritocracy" and that in fact the education system doesn't allow people to be whatever they want

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