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Examine the different functions that the education system may perform for individuals

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Examine the different functions that the education system may perform for individuals (20) The education system has many different functions. In 1880 education was made compulsory for children up to the age of 10. The reasons for this were: To create a more skilled workforce, Britain was named the 'the workshop of the world' but other countries were catching up. Compulsory education was good for Britain because it was helping to keep us ahead of the other countries in technological and scientific advances. Another reason was to improve the effectiveness of our armies, During the Crimean war the amount of casualties was so high, and the reason was poor tactics and inexperience, this was going to be improved as of when education was made compulsory. ...read more.


Education system was also put into place to provide equality amongst all children. School provides children with basic life skills, social skills, literacy, numeracy and discipline it also gave student a wider range of subjects to do after compulsory schooling so they could choose whether to go to college or university. This was also improved, the amount of choices students had when vocational courses were introduced in the 1980s. Even though girls were still studying textiles and food technology and boys doing woodwork and science however this trend was very much on the decrease, this is better for those who preferred the other sexes subjects. ...read more.


Education follows the 'needs' for 'core values.' Culture forms their pre-conceptions and knowledge of acceptable behaviour within age and gender. Family is responsible for primary socialization. Marxists believe that the education system is part of the structure by socializing children in the interests of the economy and that the ruling classes are served. Marxists point on education and success within it are dependant on social class. Education builds workforce to benefit working classes. Bowles and Gintis, 1976. Schools are places to feel inequality depending on social class depended on how long they stayed in school. The education system has been very successful in its path and has changed from a sexist, unequal system to an multi-choice, more suited careers and has introduced life skills, by this I mean sex education, smoking, bullying and racism. ...read more.

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