Education and the Reproduction of Inequality Praxis, Products and Palliatives
Author(s)Tedders, Patrick R.
KeywordsAdult & Community Education
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AbstractThis thesis examines the role of formal schooling in reproducing inequality in our society. It suggests that while schooling is presented as a neutral process it is in fact a political process. The ideology which underlies the education system is part of a philosophy which promotes competitive individualism. In order to reveal the nature of the political process of Education it is necessary to reveal its ideological basis. The concept of meritocracy which is central to our education system promotes inequality. Those who are powerful economically and politically can use their power to ensure that their values are the ones which are promoted in society. In this way such groups can maintain their power while apparently justifying it on a rational basis. The fact that schooling does not value the culture of the working-class, or other minorities has serious consequences for many. It leads to many leaving school without the credentials which are used to obtain access to the labour market and limits their life chances. This thesis examines this process and suggests that adult education rejects the philosophy which sees education as simply an aid to economic development. The holistic development of the human being involves much more than learning mechanical skills. It is about empowerment and developing critical thinking and awareness.
Tedders, Patrick R. (1994) Education and the Reproduction of Inequality Praxis, Products and Palliatives. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.