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Discuss the view that there is inequality in educational attainment and opportunity in Britain

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Discuss the view that there is inequality in educational attainment and opportunity in Britain (20) There are many inequalities in education and opportunities in Britain, mostly due to class, the middle class are benefited much more than the working class. This can be through cultural disadvantages where some peoples backgrounds maybe inferior to others, material deprivation where there is a lack of money which cause an unhealthy diet and poor housings. Also cultural capital, knowing how to behave, speak and learn, this is passes on by middle class parents to children. ...read more.

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Only 32% of working class students plan to go move out and go university whereas 70% of the middle class plan to. The education system mostly benefits the middle class and shows inequality towards the working class because it is mostly controlled by middle class people, therefore middle class pupils will be viewed more positively and more likely to succeed in tests because the teacher and pupils will share the same characteristics. The 11+ test was criticized of being bias and beneficial to the middle class because of their culture, for example unscrambling the word 'zomrat' to form the name of a famous composer (Mozart) ...read more.

Conclusion

Again the middle class are benefited more in the education system than the working class due to cultural capital. The middle class pupils are more likely to succeed than the working class because as the school are middle class institution and run by middle class people the middle class pupils have the knowledge, values and ways of interacting that is further developed and rewards by the education system, however the working class pupils lack these therefore they have a lower chance to succeed. Ball (1994) showed how parents of middle class children use their cultural capital to make sure their children are accepted into the school of their choice. They do this by attempting to make a good impression with the head teacher on open days. ...read more.

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