Education In Society: Crash Course Sociology 40

Today we’ll explore the history of education as a social institution, with a specific focus on how the US organizes its educational system. We’ll look at education through the lenses of some sociological paradigms: structural functionalist approaches (including some of the manifest and latent functions associated with education), and a symbolic interactionist approach to education that shows us how self-fulfilling prophecies in educational settings contribute to differences in academic outcomes for students.

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Sociology by John J. Macionis, 15th edition (2014)
US Census, Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015
UNESCO Institute for Statistics


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  1. We should send kids to primary school until halfway through fourth grade then switch schools halfway to the middle school until 9th grade when they go to high school like normal

  2. “history” of education. Glances over major moments and misses a ton of context on the introduction of public schools and prussias involvement. Pledge of allegiance is a social norm? you just made me realize how weird saying a pledge every day is. Its indoctrination and conditioning daily to kids who are forced to go to school. Its not the worst, but its still worth noting how weird that truly is.

  3. In irvine, california, we have primary school until 6th. middle school is just 7th and 8th grade

  4. Average time spend 15 year
    Education institutions
    Social institution which provide all kind of important knowledge.

    Structure of schooling
    Pre school
    Rte 6-14
    Vocational schools
    Pvt school
    Tailored education disability
    Home school
    Religious school
    Open school
    Community college

    How shape society

    1 functionalism
    Manifest teaching basic fact about world, socialization,cultural transmission,creation of civil society, social integration, creation of new knowledge, educated future workers. Way of determine status
    Latent Mann factory school model 9-5
    Child care
    Help make friend love marriage

    Symbolic interactions
    1 prejudice of teacher students self fulfilling prophecy
    Low degree among lower caste,class,minorities.

  5. Being a millennial, I was disturbed to finally realized that education is and always was political. But more serious issue is why have we JUST NOW have started “twerking” the system

  6. We are teaching our children the wrong things in school. We are creating a societal system where each section is dependent upon the other sections. This means when one section fails then the rest also fail.

    We need to teach our children to be independent. Instead, we teach children how to be obedient workers.

    To give meaning to someone’s life teach them how to grow their own food, build their own house, repair their own car, cook their own meals, eat to stay healthy and most importantly how to meditate and pray. This gives life meaning.

  7. I love that as part of additional recourses for our sociology class we have these videos. It is also funny how our teacher is always warning us that it’s focused a lot on american context. 😀 Which is true, because from this video it looks like USA has one of the best educational systems, which is deffinetly not true. Here in the Czech Republic compulsory school attendance functions since 1774. Also our entire educational system is free and there is no religon in most schools (public or private). Of course there are many countries that have worse educational system than USA, but I don’t think you have the best one. But it’s just my opinion, so please don’t come at me… 😀

  8. I was homeschooled and it is awesome in my opinion. Harder to make friends, but the ones I have are pretty close.

  9. Oh school was supposed to help me make friends? Haha didn’t get the memo

  10. I can’t even recite the pledge of alliance even if my life depended it