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Describe the Functionalist Conflict and Interactionist approach to the Socialization of Education Education - A Functionalist Perspective Emile Durkheim proposed an explicitly functionalist explanation of the role of education in society The major functiontask of education was according to Durkheim the transmission of societys norms and values Durkheim considered that all societies must have means of passing on their norms and values to the young If they did not they could not continue Such transmission then is a functional prerequisite and it is the educational system which has the job of carrying it out Or at least this is so for modern industrial societies says Durkheim In traditional societies - in pre-industrial societies where no formal educational systems existed this transmission was carried out by the family For Durkheim a vital task which must be fulfilled in all modern industrial societies is the welding of a mass of individuals into a collective whole - in other words social solidarity must be created This means that individuals must become capable of co-operation with each other of working harmoniously in the modern complex division of labor of conducting themselves for the good of society as a whole If this necessity is not achieved so Durkheim argues modern social life would be impossible It would become little but a war against all as individuals united by no common aims norms and values pursued their own selfish interests to the detriment of society itself The family cannot promote the social solidarity of individuals It is only the modern educational system which can do so Why Essentially because the family says Durkheim is based on principles other than those required to promote social solidarity and integration Modern education Durkheim continues teaches those basic rules of co-operation necessary to the continuation of modern society In school the child must learn to interact with others in terms of a fixed set of rules - punctuality respect for
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