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  • What is Education?Education is the social institution responsible for transmitting knowledge, skills, and cultural values in a formally organized structure

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  • Functionalist Perspective on EducationEducation is functional for society when it fulfills its manifest functionsSocialization The student role, academic subjects, and the democratic process

    Transmission of culture To assimilate children to the norms and values of a culture

    Social controlSuch as encouraging respect and obedience

    Social placement Through identifying the most qualified people

    Change and innovationMeeting the needs of a multicultural society

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  • Conflict Perspectives on EducationSchools perpetuate inequalities based on class, race, and gender

    Students possess different levels of cultural capital Low-income children come to school with different competencies in language and culture

    A hidden curriculum teaches students to be obedient and patriotic, perpetuating the status quoTracking teaches different skills

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  • Symbolic Interactionist Perspective on Education Focus on the affects of labeling and classroom interaction Standardized testing and IQ tests lead to labeling Self-fulfilling prophecyChildren see themselves based on the unsubstantiated beliefs and predictions of others Herrnsteins and Murrays (1994) The Bell Curve Argued intelligence is purely genetic and some groups (Asians) are inherently smarter than others (African Americans) Labels such as learning-disabled and gifted greatly affect ones academic experience

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  • Illiteracy and SolutionsFunctional illiteracy is being unable to read or write at a level necessary for everyday tasksReading a bus schedule, filling out a blank check, or computing the cost of having work done

    National levelNo Child Left Behind Act of 2001

    Local levelBusiness and Industry spend billions annually to educate workers

    Volunteer organizations

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  • Figure 12.1: Percentage of Persons Not Completing High School by Race and Hispanic Origin, 1975, 1985, and 2003Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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  • Immigration and School ProblemsMost immigrants have limited education and few job skills

    Many are children with language differences

    Some schools offer bilingual educationCritics say this is a form of segregation

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  • Race, Class, and Gender and Educational OpportunitiesFifty years after Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954), schools are still racially segregated

    Schools for minorities High teacher-student ratiosLess qualified teachersLower expectations of studentsHigh dropout rates

    Latino/a students face educational obstaclesFew school-readiness programsFew Latino/a teachers as role modelsFewer than 6% of public school teachers are Latino/aHigh dropout rates

    Teachers treat boys and girls differently, with females self-esteem suffering

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  • Figure 12.2:Education Spending and Reading Scores for Thirteen-Year-Olds, 1990-2004

    Source: U.S. Department of Education, 2004, 2005

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  • Violence and the SchoolsViolence is a growing problem in schools.

    Many schools use metal detectors and guards to screen students.

    Some schools require uniforms to lessen the possibility of killing for shoes, jewelry, or designer clothes.

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  • Problems in School FinancingMost educational funds come from state appropriations and local property taxesTax base in central cities is erodingMany schools are overcrowded and need major repairsOne proposed solution is a Voucher system, whereby families can buy education at their school of choiceCritics say it offers better schools to a limited number; will not solve funding problem

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  • Major Problems in Higher Education Soaring cost of a college educationAffirmative action Taking race, gender, and ethnicity into consideration for admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and faculty hiringMinority enrollments have dropped in many schools that have eliminated affirmative actionCritics argue that its reverse discrimination against white students US Supreme Court (2003) ruled that race can be a factor for universities in shaping admission programs

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  • Educational Problems of 21st CenturyProblemsDealing with illiteracy in adultsProviding all children with safe, high-quality education

    SolutionsHolding schools and school districts accountableHome schooling or charter schools

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