Does The Education System Exist Mainly To Select And Prepare Young People For Their Future Work Roles? There will be Sociologists that agree and others that will be contrary to this notion within reasons. Schools to a large extent, bring structure to the lives of its pupils and whether it eventually prepares them for the operation in the work place or not is a controversial concept. The education system can exist to select children for their work roles, from when a child is a little as 11 selections for the best schools begin. Parents want their child to succeed in 11+ exams so they can get into the best grammar schools or independent selective schools. These schools will offer support and with the smaller class room size there would be enough help from the teachers to give the children skills to help them get into top jobs. Ability grouping and setting in both primary and secondary school give the higher achievers more challenging work and would develop them more than the lower achievers. From the moment a child starts early years they begin to conform to basic rules and routines that guide the smooth relationship between diversity of children and adults. As children excel in their education careers, class rules are formed together and agreed to as a democratic development.
Rules as basic and appropriate as neat school uniform are seriously enforced early in schools, to in still in the child the importance of self pride in appearance, personal hygiene and unison. This is in the hope that when in the work place, the adult will be able to abide by the dress code (if applicable) or dress to fit an organisational structure, even, with an unwritten code. Punctuality and attendance enforced in children’s educational career develop the sense of responsibility to maintain future work routines. This is the reason why parents are sanctioned and strictly encouraged to abide by these rules for younger children. Whereas for older students from upper secondary schools onwards, schools work with students and support them in eradicating barriers that might be causing lateness or truancy. Schools reward punctuality, obedience and hard work with merits or certificates; in the workplace they also reward good deeds with promotions or raises in the salary. Classroom learning discussion encourages collaborative talk and encourages sensitive interaction.
This skill teaches the children to express their views as it relates to the topic; to take turns when speaking and responsively support other ideas. Such skills will develop the pupils for constructive arguments in the work place. As stated in the item A sociologists see the education system as performing a vital role in modern societies. Item A also highlights that the education system equips individuals with the knowledge and skills needed in the work place; this is mainly formal learning; learning how to read and write or equation solving. This is mainly to help you pass exams and later on get into a good university and a job. Therefore the education system prepares children for their work roles. Adding to this the school also teaches the hidden curriculum; these are the morals and rules around, also by teaching the children to have respect for authority (calling the teacher Sir/Miss) this would also help them later in the workplace when they have managers and bosses. Sociologists for this statement would refer to the Bowles and Gintis theory; they argue that schools are based on hierarchies.
They say that teachers give orders and pupils are expected to obey. This means that pupils have little control over their work and the curriculum they follow; this later translate to later experience of lack of control in the workplace. The myth of meritocracy lies into this claim because schools sometimes select the brightest pupils to take specific subjects like maths or sciences for A-levels so they can achieve higher. This will result in the higher achievers getting the top jobs and being at the top of the hierarchy in the workplace. Schools also prepare young people for their future work roles by allocating a certain time period in years 10 and 12 for work experience; this is to give you a tester of what it would be like when you start working and it shows students how the values learn in schools enable them to fit into the structure of the workplace. Career advisers are bought into schools as well to guide the children in the skills relevant or matched to their academic capability. Sociologists against this claim will disagree that schools prepare young children for their work roles using factors as payment of taxes or obtaining and managing credit facilities. Only specific subjects like economics or politics would teach you those skills, an argument for selection by the education system for future work roles. Therefore student with no prior knowledge in such monetary skills will be at a disadvantage. Critical thinking and evaluation and problem solving are much needed skills to survive in the work place.
These vital skills can be missing in the quick pace of teaching the national curriculum. Schools don’t teach you critical thinking or problem solving which would be much needed in the workplace, if you are being interviewed or even trying to complete a task at work these skills are very important. So by schools not teaching children this they are not really preparing young people for their work roles. In the education system you are never taught how to create a CV or cover letter, without a CV it is very hard to get a job in most companies. If schools don’t teach young people about this when they leave school they would find it a bit hard to get a job. Sociologist, Ivan Ilich says that they should completely get rid of the schooling system .He believes that schools only teach you to pass and not the basic skills needed for the future. Ilich also says that everyone should learn at their own time pace. Another sociologist; Paul Freire feels that school is a big memory test and they don’t teach you creativity and life skills which leads to de-skilling.
In conclusion the education system overall prepares young people for their work roles to an extent, every child that goes to school gains the basic skills of reading and writing at their own level which would eventually be useful in their future work places.