Education is important agent of socialization and is determinant of opportunities for upward mobility. Educational attainment: is the outcome of individual talent and hard work, refers to number of years of school completed. Educational achievement: how much students actually learn. Intentional functions of education: sorting, training, socialization, transmit culture. Durkheim: belief that education ensures moral side of individuals predominates. The effect of economic inequality from the conflict perspective. Conflict theorists criticize functionalists and disagree that the most talented student get rewarding jobs. They argue that education is distributed unequally, high income families 61% more likely to enroll in university than low income. Class influences when person gets to university. Low-income families don"t have proper training in this environment, therefore score low. Streaming creates class difference, determines who goes to university! Case study: functionalist vs. conflict theories of the community college.