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Assess the Marxist view that education is a form of social control. Marxist think that education is a form of social control as it puts you in place and prepares you for your role in society. They also think that it teaches you the hidden curriculum which contributes to the economic scale of society. The hidden curriculum is what leads to social order which leads to social control. Marxist also believe in myth of meritocracy, as Marxist Bowles and Gintis argue that education doesn't offer everybody an equal chance, as they believe that the education system works against the working class. They also believe that schools are very much like work places and they both have rewards and hierarchies, for example in both school and work you are being paid but in different ways, one with money and the other with certificates or rewards. ...read more.


This prepares them for exploitation in the workplace later in life as they accept instructions and authority of people higher then them in the work place hierarchy even though this may mean that they are used. Alienation of schoolwork means that the students become bored with the work which is set for them by the teachers and the way they are rewarded with the marks of the work or certificates. This means that many people feel as though they don't have a say in what they are studying and there is not much point of doing or completing the study which they start. Textbooks are mostly based on western societies and how capitalism is only successful in the economic system rather than else where. ...read more.


Also Marxist Bourdieu believes that school as a institution ensures middle class dominance from one generation to the next. As the working class don't possess cultural capital which is required for the establishments. This relates to how the society is socially controlled as the middle class are in power and as they exploit the working class by teaching them to follow and accept their values through the education system. Overall Marxist believe that education is socially controlled due to many factors such as alienation, hidden curriculum, textbooks (type of society) and culture as well as other things. Marxist ideas say that education socialises children into processing a false consciousness about the world, this then fails them to see how the real capitalist society is in which they are being brought up in. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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