Assess the Marxist view that the function of the education system is to pass on ideology and reproduce the existing class structure.

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Assess the Marxist view that the function of the education system is to pass on
ideology and reproduce the existing class structure.
Claire Jones

Education is a vital system in most societies, and is compulsory for all children up to
the age of 16 in Britain. There are many different…

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entirely from their own efforts and so deserve the rewards it brings. As these qualifications
lead to a privileged lifestyle, top jobs and positions of power, the implication is that all those
in high positions within society deserve to be there, and society is just. Similarly, as
everyone begins with…

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experience of education, which had seemingly failed to produce the hard working
conformists required for the capitalist economy, had in fact prepared them ideally for the
low class, low status jobs to which they were drawn. In this way, Willis argued, the education
system had unintentionally reproduced the working class…

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find completely contradicts their theories. Studies on which their views are based are often
criticised for having a narrow view and using unrepresentative samples, yet even so provide
good evidence for the important of the education outside the formal curriculum, which
many other sociological views also accept. It seems clear…

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