Theories of Education - Marxist View - Bowles & Gintis

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Main function/role of education = producing an obedient workforce which accepts inequality.

Evidence - obedient students= good grades, creative/independent students = bad grades.

  • This function is performed through the correspondence principle (CP) - school mirrors the workplace e.g. hierarchy, competition, alienation.

  • CP works through the hidden curriculum, these are the lessons taught indirectly in


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