Notes on Education as a Social Institution

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Notes on Education as a Social Institution 1. Education is the social institution that transmits knowledge and culture. It is a socializing agent, but it is considered a formal socialization agent, while family would be considered an informal socialization agent. 2. When sociologists write or speak of education as a social institution, they are most often referring to formal schooling, and in the case of the U.S., they are writing and talking about formal public schooling, for the most part. 3. How is the U.S. educational social institution different from other countries (including other industrialized countries)? Mass public education (over 58,000,000 high school students alone in 2001) Compulsory attendance (through age 16, though it is being lengthened in some states) Funding, which is at the state and local level, not national level (and often, at the local level, up to 50% is based on property taxes) 4. How do different sociologists approach education? A.
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