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Identify and explain three ways in which, according to Marxism, the education system is said to "mirror" the workplace.

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Identify and explain three ways in which, according to Marxism, the education system is said to "mirror" the workplace. (12marks) Marxists claim that the education system "mirrors" the workplace. The school disciplines students to the demands of work. They teach them things self presentation, self-image and most importantly social class identification. This is to ensure that they are prepared for the working world. If someone has low self esteem at school they will probably be low-paid and will have a low status in the workplace. The relationships people form with one another in school also replicates the relationships that are formed at work. ...read more.


These days, schools convey the ideology that capitalism is a fair and reasonable system. The school mirrors the workplace because students have been prepared for it. They learn that after school they have their role to play in the workplace. In recent years the government has introduced new "applied" subjects which teach students how to use their knowledge in the workplace. Like, for example, applied science does not only teach you scientific knowledge, it teaches students how to use that knowledge in a place of work. Sociologist Althusser, a French Marxist philosopher argues that "no class can hold power for long simply by the use of force." ...read more.


Like Bowles and Gintis say "Education reproduces inequality by justifying privilege and attributing poverty to personal failure". In conclusion, by having the education system mirror the workplace the ruling class ideology will still exist and it will produce the perfect people for the perfect workforce in a capitalist society. Through labelling lower class students they will think that they cannot achieve as well as a upper-class students. This ideology is implemented into them so when they go into the workplace they have low-skill, low-paid jobs. I personally think that it is an unfair and cruel system which puts them into a labelled box without and exit and forever there will be the same cycle, but still the elite will be the one with the power and authority who will control the society. ?? ?? ?? ?? Delovan Ghafoor ...read more.

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