Criticisms of Each of the Functionalist Views

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Criticisms of Parsons:
-Like Durkheim, Parson fails to give adequate consideration to the possibility that the values transmitted by the educational system may be those of a ruling minority rather than of a society as a whole. Criticisms of Parsons:

-Like Durkheim, Parson fails to give adequate consideration to the possibility that the values transmitted by the educational system may be those of a ruling minority rather than of a society as a whole. Criticisms of Durkheim:

-Assumes societies have a shared culture which can be transmitted through the education. In fact Britain is now multicultural, and therefore can we base school curriculums on one single culture. -New Right and New Labour perspectives on education have tended to emphasize the economic importance of education and have downplayed the significance of transmitting a shared culture. -Some researchers question whether in practice schools do act in the way that Durkheim describes. -His theories are out-dated.

-He doesn’t look at any negative aspects such as bullying. -He ignores problems of society.

Criticisms of Durkheim:
-Assumes societies have a shared culture which can be transmitted through the education. In fact Britain is now multicultural, and therefore can we base school curriculums on one single culture. -New Right and New Labour perspectives on education have tended to emphasize the economic importance of education and have downplayed the significance of transmitting a shared culture. -Some researchers question whether in practice schools do act in the way that Durkheim describes. -His theories are out-dated.

-He doesn’t look at any negative aspects such as bullying. -He ignores problems of society.

Criticisms of Davis and Moore:
-The relationship between academic credentials and occupational reward is not particularly close. In particular income is only weakly linked to educational attainment. -There is considerable doubt about the proposition that the educational system...
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