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- How is society shaped by the education system?
Can affect our life stages
Largely affected by school
Can affect the labour market (may be required to get a degree
for your job)
- How is education shaped by society?
- Social mobility: Movement up or down the stratification system
Meritocracy: Achievement based on merit.
If you work hard, you succeed in life.
- How does family background affect level of education?
Schools socialize and promote integration
Organized into groups
Private schools build kids into being powerful, future leaders.
Elite boarding schools: strip away and re-build identity
Identity: Leadership, importance and power
Shape a form of class solidarity
If a parent has the elite resources to get kids into an elite
boarding school, then you may do so because it may help them
in the future when getting into a top university, make networks
with other important families, and give them the schools that
you never had that will help them in the future.
Education system is unequal in terms of how it treats students,
in terms of accessibility (there are some obstacles for students
accessing higher education), and there’s a difference on what
students can learn and get from education.
Power relations are seen where some have less power and some
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They would look at trends that would point to students
experiencing or benefitting differently from the education
Some students experience education system differently
It depends on what you specialize in when you get jobs if you
go to university (for pay wages).
Educational Attainment on SES
- The “payoff” to a university education varies by field of study
Examples (2006 data):
Average income for uni grad aged 26-35= $42,176
Average income for male with nursing degree aged 26-
35= $53, 764
Average income for female with film studies degree aged
26-35= $25, 447
Average income for female with high school aged 26-
35= $19, 000
- Education can have a strong influence on your socioeconomic status,
but it varies.
- One’s own background can have an influence on one’s own