sociology (education) - reproduction of social inequality

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In what ways does the education system reproduce class inequality?
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In what ways does the education system reproduce class inequality?
Try not to overthink this question, but consider things you may have experienced yourself or kind of seen happen.

Labelling -> Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - Look at how some teachers may label particular students from a particular ethnic group.
Streaming -> Students are put in sets usually for core subjects, i.e. English, maths and sciences and students in the top sets are being stretched by their teachers whereas those in the bottom sets aren't necessarily.
Marxist theory of education -> Think about how the education system replicates the workplace via the correspondence system and how this prepares students to work in a capitalist system that reproduces class inequality, etc.

There are probably a few more examples I have missed out as I'm listening this from the top of my head, but it would be helpful to think about CAGE (class, age, gender, ethnicity) factors if they're applicable and also sociological theory - you should definitely be talking about Marxist theory here and evaluating/critiquing that with other sociological theory perhaps with feminism (looks at gender inequality) and/or functionalism to name a few.

Hope this gives you a rough idea of how to approach this question.
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Try not to overthink this question, but consider things you may have experienced yourself or kind of seen happen.

Labelling -> Self-Fulfilling Prophecy - Look at how some teachers may label particular students from a particular ethnic group.
Streaming -> Students are put in sets usually for core subjects, i.e. English, maths and sciences and students in the top sets are being stretched by their teachers whereas those in the bottom sets aren't necessarily.
Marxist theory of education -> Think about how the education system replicates the workplace via the correspondence system and how this prepares students to work in a capitalist system that reproduces class inequality, etc.

There are probably a few more examples I have missed out as I'm listening this from the top of my head, but it would be helpful to think about CAGE (class, age, gender, ethnicity) factors if they're applicable and also sociological theory - you should definitely be talking about Marxist theory here and evaluating/critiquing that with other sociological theory perhaps with feminism (looks at gender inequality) and/or functionalism to name a few.

Hope this gives you a rough idea of how to approach this question.
Thank you! This is so helpful! :heart:
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Thank you! This is so helpful! :heart:
You're welcome. xD
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