Education Essay

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The sociology of education is the study of how public institutions and individual experiences affect education and its outcomes. It is most concerned with the public schooling systems of modern industrial societies, including the expansion of higher, further, adult, and continuing education.(Wikipedia) The sociology of education also provides all students with a rewarding educational experience; the focus should be on integration of the social, intellectual, and emotional components of learning by linking home and school experiences and incorporating a curriculum that addresses students' diversity and different learning styles. Functions of Education in Society include. Assimilation and transmission of culture/traditions: This needs to be done consciously and selectively because traditions need to be selected for transmission as well as omission depending on their value and desirability in today‘s democratic set-up. We need to teach children self-esteem and self-efficacy. The other Education Society include: The functionalist theory focuses on the ways that universal education serves the needs of society. Functionalists first see education in its manifest role: conveying basic knowledge and skills to the next generation. Durkheim the founder of functionalist theory identified the latent role of education as one of socializing people into society's mainstream. Functionalists point to other latent roles of education such as transmission of core values and social control. The core values in American education reflect those characteristics that support the political and economic systems that originally fueled education. Therefore, children in America receive rewards for following schedules, following directions, meeting deadlines, and obeying authority. Another benefit that functionalists see in education is sorting separating students on the basis of merit. Society's

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