What Is Education As a Social Institution?

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Education, especially public schooling systems, is considered an important social institutions, as it establishes a goal of social equality and a common knowledge base among students. The negative connotation of the idea comes from the perception that students are taught from an inflexible curriculum and that the process creates segregation.

Schooling is designed to instill some common traits and knowledge in each student. It strives to develop children into functional members of the society at large. Critics suggest that this makes the educational system implicit in creating issues in society, in that it is partially complacent in not teaching solutions. Inequality of education also tends to create inequality in society, as those unable to absorb a higher quality of education are unable to find higher-quality jobs.