Education system second in importance to family. More than half the people in developing countries are illiterate. In the 1900s canada and us were first to approach universal education. Family and religious institutes were the main socializing factor for the young as well as teaching them skills. Many couldn"t read, catholic church did not allow it until the rise of. Systems of education created strong pressures toward uniformity and standardization. Now people travel miles for higher education, no distinction in religion or race. Compulsory attendance for effectiveness of mass education was enforced by laws. 94% families send children to public school, others do home-school or private school (canada) o: rising levels of education. 1951: 1 in 50 canadians completed university degree. Now, 1 in 4 canadians btwn 24 and 65 years have university degree. In practice, non-academics factors such as family play a large role in determining who completes an advanced education o.