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SOCI1F90 Final exam- Long Answers 1. How can education provide opportunities for socioeconomic mobility and wellbeing, but also reproduce social inequality (drawn from relevant class/seminar material including film/documentary) Throughout the SOCI1F90 course, we have learned through lectures, films and seminar readings the opportunities education can provide us. But, we also learned how the education system can reproduce social inequalities and disregard social location (age, race, gender, class, ability etc.). - An example of this paradox is in hidden curriculum. It promotes a standard of stable North American family, while also teaching obedience in a capitalist society. Obedience is needed to be a functioning member of a capitalist society which can provide opportunity and well-being however hidden curriculum erases the contributions of racially marginalized people in building Canada. This effects representation of all students, this can affect students’ self-esteem and can negatively impact their educational outcome. This reproduced social inequality. - Meritocracy is also an example of this. A notion that distributes resources on the basis of merit. This can provide economic opportunity for those that work hard and receive rewards for that work, but it can also only favour those who haven’t earned it. It also does not take into account again the social location of a student, these larger socio- political relations and conditions affect one’s academic achievement, reproducing inequalities. - Through conflict theory, formal education has been designed to be maintained by the ruling elite, those who fall outside of that ideal do not benefit as much from education. Conflict theory promotes that education does not promote egalitarian ideals but rather protect the status quo of this ideal student further producing social inequality.

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