Sociology Essay: Education

Topics: Education, High school, Higher education Pages: 3 (1024 words) Published: June 15, 2014
Sociological Portrait: Milestone 2

In reviewing the different functions of education, of which there are several. From formal to informal each is important as the next in an individual’s development and future function in society. The function of formal education consists of learning skills and gaining knowledge, i.e., reading, math, history, science, languages to name just a few. Outside of the more necessary function of education is socialization, future preparation, and economic functions. My K-12 education has spanned from primary school both private and public, secondary, and vocational.

Starting my educational career in private school led to not only the more formal aspects of learning but also informal. Religion though not the main focus of the school played a heavy part in the first years of my socialization and integration into educational atmosphere. This was widely shown in the hidden curriculum of the private school I attended. A hidden curriculum is where administrators, teachers, and school counselors for example have standards of behavior that they want students to adhere too (Manza et al., 2013, p. 416). There were many hidden rules within this school from dressing a certain way, prayer, establishing gender roles, and obeying authority. Looking back through the lens of a sociological perspective the hidden curriculum is plain to see and understand. These things were not written rules, were not told to us, or taught in the formal curriculum they were examples that were shown with subtle words, looks, and attention.

Six months into the third grade my parents moved me to a public school. This brought a drastic change to my education and future preparation. Public school was vastly different and shocking to me as large parts of my formal education, informal education, and hidden curriculum changed. This set me up for future issues that could not have been foreseen at the time. My socialization in the public schools was difficult; on the...

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