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What Is The Role Of Education From A Marxist Point Of View?

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What Is The Role Of Education From A Marxist Point Of View?

Marxism bases its view of education much around the notion that an individual is shaped by the education system through ideology. Ideology is the 'body of ideas and beliefs of a group or nation' and is the most subtle and effective way of control. For the control of people's thoughts implicitly affects their actions and behaviour.

It is a common belief that intelligence determines the success of a person but Marxism would challenge this in saying that it is purely an ideological belief. Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis have written 'Schooling in Capitalist America' (1976), possibly, the most well known Marxist account of the education system, they provide evidence in stating that intelligence is merely a product of success rather than a cause. If success were due to intelligence then it would be expected that people with similar I.Q. would have similar academic success. Bowles and Gintis discovered that people with similar I.Q. have varying educational qualifications and suggested that high I.Q. derives from a longer duration of education. They also claimed that the higher the social class of the persons parents the

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