Assess the View That the Main Role of Education Is Ideological Conditioning Essay

528 WordsMar 30, 20153 Pages
Assess the view that the main role of education is ideological conditioning. There are many different reasons as to why people would have the view that the main role of education is ideological conditioning. In this essay I will explore some of these reasons and assess their validity as well as making any criticisms and comparing whether the main role of education really is ideological conditioning or whether there are other factors that education was introduced to support. First of all we must look at and asses the other possible views for education and the roles in which it serves. For example, some people believe that education was solely introduced to help with self-betterment of an individual. This could be considered a criticism towards to view that the main role of education is ideological conditioning, due to schools providing their own solutions, a congruence of values, priorities and approaches, and the commitment of leaders to work towards a common purpose other than ideological conditioning. However, one reason that may prove that the main role of education is ideological conditioning is due to the production of skilled workers for the future. This is the view of Marxist sociologist Louis Althusser (1918-1990), who claimed that education is largely a form of social control designed to maintain the Capitalist system through ideologically conditioning individuals to accept it. Glenn Rikowski (2001) claims however that education is not merely for ideological conditioning. He claims that the main reason for education is in fact increasing a person’s internal commodities, their ability to work and produce profit. One way of showing this is pupils having to stay in full time education until they are 18. This gives an extra 2 years in which their internal commodities can be increased, therefore increasing labour power. Many teachers are seen as the agents of
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