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FUNCTIONALISIM AND EDUCATION

Functionalists agree that education preforms four essential functions.

SOCIAL SOLIDARITY.

Individual members feel that they belong to a community
A sense of togetherness.

Durkheim
School is `society in miniature'

Child learns to interact with other members. Follows a fixed set of
rules.
Prepares for interaction with other…

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1/3 of 16-19doing courses that didn't lead to HE or good job.
NR support view.


SECONDARY SOCIALISATION.

Parsons
argues that
Edu passes on key norms + values of society.


Meritocracy:
Children socialized into value. Can achieve based on ability and
effort.

Each person should strive to full potential
Schools mirrors…

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Role of education is allocation
Sifts and sorts according to ability and effort.

Education allocates path we're best suited to:
Based on ability and effort.

Most able attain highest grades, leads to important jobs with
highest rewards.Doctors and lawyers e.c.t.

Not all equally talented:
Need to recognize important roles with…

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