The conflict theory

The conflict theory - call this role of education the...

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The conflict theory Conflict theory  sees the purpose of education as maintaining social inequality and  preserving the power of those who dominate society. Conflict theorists examine the  same functions of education as functionalists. Functionalists see education as a  beneficial contribution to an ordered society; however, conflict theorists see the  educational system as perpetuating the status quo by dulling the lower classes into  being obedient workers.  Both functionalists and conflict theorists agree that the educational system practices  sorting, but they disagree about how it enacts that sorting. Functionalists claim that  schools sort based upon merit; conflict theorists argue that schools sort along distinct  class and ethnic lines. According to conflict theorists, schools train those in the working  classes to accept their position as a lower-class member of society. Conflict theorists 
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Unformatted text preview: call this role of education the hidden curriculum. Conflict theorists point to several key factors in defending their position. First, property taxes fund most schools; therefore, schools in affluent districts have more money. Such areas are predominantly white. They can afford to pay higher salaries, attract better teachers, and purchase newer texts and more technology. Students who attend these schools gain substantial advantages in getting into the best colleges and being tracked into higher-paying professions. Students in less affluent neighborhoods that do not enjoy these advantages are less likely to go to college and are more likely to be tracked into vocational or technical training. They also represent far higher numbers of minority students....
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