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A social institution that deals with the transmission

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“a social institution that deals with the transmission of skills andknowledge”Structured source of learning to which all members of society areexposed
What is the general purpose of going to school?
Universities – institutions of knowledge or occupational training?
What effect might that have had on our school system?
°°Where does Sociology come in?How does the school system affect social stratification?
oFunctionalism vs. Conflict TheoryEducation is “the great equalizer,” and sorts students by interestsand abilityUsing standardized tests to assess students’ ability (Functionaliststhink it’s good and fair)Socialization – preparing students for “the real world”Conflict Theory– “hidden curriculum” contributes to reproductionof stratificationoHidden curriculum – not on a syllabus, more about what thehidden curriculum is teaching you based on your role (gender,sex, what neighborhood you come from)oConflict theorists believe the hidden curriculum keeps thecycle of inequality goingoWho’s values? Who’s norms?Textbooks and most classics we study are written bywhite authors which may have affected what/howstudents were taught and understand our historyoBias in standardized testsOnly shows the dominant perspective°°Questions in Sociology of Education°Do teachers treat students differently depending on theirrace, SES, and gender?Has the increase in school choice districts reduced the levelof school segregation?How are children labeled with behavioral disorders and whatare the consequences?°°Preparing for the FinalFocus on the next exam, and do it early (by Dec 1)Take notes (other than what’s on the screen) including what shesays
°°°EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURENational, State, and Local funding (from taxes)-in Louisiana 43% of funding comes from local fundsBureaucratic hierarchy (from highest position to lowest)oSchool Board  Supervisors  Principals  TeachersThe School Board is primarily composed of white maleprofessionals and 80% of Principals are white in publicschoolsPrivate schools-Smaller, higher test scores, pay tuition-Regional trends (over-representation of whites…more whites areenrolled in private schools and the private school enrollment inthe South is still increasing)°°IMPORTANT VARIABLES IN EDUCATION°Achievement vs. Attainmento

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