Using material from item A and elsewhere, asses the view that the education system exists mainly to select and prepare young people for their future work roles
One way to select and prepare young people for their future work roles is by selecting and allocating pupils of education a role in society, as is mentioned in item A: “it also selects and allocates them to their future work roles” which means social inequality is legitimised because of the hierarchy of society – someone has to be on top and someone has to be bottom, as is streaming encouraged in the same manner. This idea is said to be stemmed from having a meritocratic society where everyone has an equality of opportunity presented to them in education and then later on, the workplace. This is how education serves its purpose to select young people for their future work roles. Another way that young people are prepared and selected for their future work roles is by education giving them the “specialised knowledge and skills they will need when they join the workforce”, as mentioned in item A. This is done by providing a trained and qualified workforce in education by the introduction of vocational courses like modern apprenticeships which combine training and part-time attendance at college, meaning that they learn on a job as well as learning in an education environment. New Right are the sociologists which focused a lot on marketization of education which focused on encouraging competition between schools so that education would improve, providing a better work force for society and in turn, better preparing young people for their future work roles. However, one of the key functions of education is social solidarity which means individual members of society must feel like they are part of a single community of people; Durkheim argues that without it social life and cooperation would not be possible as everyone would want to achieve their own selfish desires. He argues that this is...
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