Criticisms of Functionalism (Education)

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  • Criticisms of the functionalist approach
    • Rose-tinted
      • Emphasises the positive effects of the education system
      • Ignores the dysfunctional aspects of education
      • Ignores conflict within the education system and wider society.
        • Gender differences
        • Ethnicity differtences
        • Class differences
    • Assumes that education succeeds in socialising individuals to the system
      • Not all Pupils conform
      • Paul Willis (1970)
    • Skills provision
      • It's been argued that vocational education has low status.
      • Many people question whether education teaches pupils the right skills.


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