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In his development of the conflict theory Karl Marx concluded that in order to explain human history one must study the conflicts between groups in society The basic names for these two groups are the bourgeoisie which is comprised of the group in power and the proletariat the oppressed people Recently the United States Senate rejected a bill establishing a school voucher program From a functionalists point of view the good and the bad weigh equally The manifest functions are numerous First of all the vouchers would allow less fortunate parents to send their children to higher institutions of learning As a result this would lessen the overcrowding in todays public schools Impovement would be forced upon the public school system in order to compete with the private schools Another of the manifest functions is to relieve taxpayers of double taxation Each parent that sends their children to a public school is essentially paying a double tax The first is for the public schools and the second for the private schools where they actually make use It is inherently unfair for families to have to pay twice for a single service The vouchers would rectify the situation by returning the tax money to parents for use in private schools Another manifest function is that the overall moral of the nations youth will improve Public schools are morally degenerate failing to provide our nations youth with proper guidance This is directly tied to the elimination of school prayer and Bible reading Vouchers will allow less financially prosperous families to send their children to religious schools where children will enjoy religious freedom The unintended or latent functions would severely alter todays society Each of the latent functions also serves in a dysfunctional way Whatever the cost of private school education voucher systems force the government to subsidize the cost of such education for students already attending private schools That would cost the American taxpayers billions of
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