The Functionalist Theory of education

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The Functionalist Theory of education.

Functionalists believe everyone in society should follow the same norms and
values (value consensus) and this makes society harmonious in that all parts of
society work together and every part of society has a function.
Functionalist theory on education follow the same principles and is…

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Another example is American students who often start their day with an oath
of allegiance to their flag and country. History lessons focuses much on
American history with heroes such as George Washington and Abraham
Lincoln. There is much emphasis on `The American Dream', which is the notion
that regardless…

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Achieved status:
This is how everyone else sees you and is the status you earn for yourself
through your own efforts and achievements e.g. if you appear shy to everyone
else, this is one of the status' you may earn for yourself whilst at school or

Universalistic standards:

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undertake the wide range of different jobs within the modern economy.
Therefore the education system prepares this modern labour force, and makes
sure the best and most qualified people end up in the jobs requiring the
greatest skills and responsibilities.
The `Human Capital theory' proposed by Theodore Shultz (1962) and…

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Inequalities in society are therefore legitimised (made to appear fair and just).
What this implies is that those who succeed deserve their success, whilst those
who fail only have themselves to blame.

Davis and Moore assume that equality of opportunity exists in schools when
many Marxist's would argue that…


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