Feminism and education.

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FEMINISIM AND EDUCATION.
Conflict perspective like Marxism
Don't believe that key conflict is class but gender
They argue society is patriarchal
o Its male dominated and controlled.
Education preforms functions of society
Only works in interests of a group of dominant men
Feminists support change to challenge patriarchy
Feminists disagree how to bring equality to
education.
SOCIAL CONTROL.
Education reinforces patriarchy
Controls women .
Through different subject choices,women have less access to the top
jobs within society.
Male gaze and sexual double standards.
Makes sure women are seen as sexual objects.
o Further controls women's behavior
Functionalists
View is too negative
Different subject choices are due to women being
naturally suited to them.
Girls likely to choose childcare due to this being biological role.
Will prepare them for primary caregiver role in
family/society.
SECONDARY SOCIALISATION.
Education system socializes children into different gender
identities.
o Girls encouraged to be passive and communicative
o Boys encouraged to take most prestigious subjects (STEM)
Boysmore apt to go to uni and get top jobs in society
o Reinforces patriarchy .

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SPECIALIST SKILLS
Education system passes on gendered skills
o Boys are taught skills to preform the instrumental role
Usually main earners in family.
Postmodernists.
o This idea is outdated.
Boys and girls have choicewithin education
They can learn whatever skills are suited to them
o Gender no longer barrier .
SIFTING AND SORTING
School prepares boys and girls for role in family and society.
o Girls more likely to take `feminine' subjects
English, drama and food tech.…read more

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