Unit Five: Education Education – the social institution through which society provides its members with important knowledge • “form follows function” – capitalist societies in which all institutions (including family) will be made to support the economic system. How the economic system functions determines how the other institutions are set up • Educates with basics: literacy, numeracy, social aspect • Education is not needed or highly presence in low income societies • Functions of Schooling - Integration - Promotion of social solidarity - Socialization - Schooling is a means of social control (holding tank for young when labor options are minimal) - Provides a cultural lifeline between social stage - Integrates different ethnic groups - Helps people gain improves statuses - Agent of social control The Rise of Schooling o 130 years of universal mandatory education – original purpose was to create social control (not about educating us) o
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