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What can you tell me about education in Functionalism?

Asked by MilkyWay (13131 points ) September 2nd, 2012

What views do Functionalists hold on the matter of education in our society?

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Functionalists believe that the education system should be based around concensus (the theory that everything and everyone must come to an agreement
Education is good in the eyes of a functionalist, because it allows young people to be taught the social skills and knowledge needed for them to one day grow up and take over from their parents (to then form traditional nuclear 1 mother, 1 father and 2 children families)
without education, society will break down because children will not have been taught what is right and wrong in society
I think the above theory is called…the structural concensus theory or something like that?
Theorists are Durkheim, Davis &Moore, and Parson
I do remember Parson’s theory which was something to do with meritocracy, the idea that every person is born with the same skills and overall equality it just depends on how hard the person works to achieve their goal (meritocracy)
hope i jogged your memory?
I took sociology for first year at college but dropped it because it was all based on theories and it drove me mad that there was no fact about how society works (and never will)

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@sabine Thanks, you’ve helped :) I’ll check out Parson’s theory in more detail.

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