Sociology Education Divides

Sociology Assignment
Identify the social class differences in educational outcomes.  
Assess the sociological explanantions that account for these differences.

In this assignment I will give a brief history of the purposes of education and how it has evolved over the years.   I will be researching and critiquing different educational achievements amongst different social groups, and look at how relationships can impact your education, as well as other outside factors.

In 1870 saw the passing of the education act, its purpose was to provide a basic education which was accessable to all children from the ages of 5 – 10 years.   Proir to this act being introduced it was only a small minority of children who received a formal education.   Public schools and grammer schools educated the children from rich and powerful families, whilst church parishes and charity schools provided a basic level of education for a very small minority of the lower class, therefore resulting in most people not receiving any formal education.   In 1880 elementary education to the age of 10 was made compulsory and rose to the age of 12 by 1889 and to the age of 14 after the first world war.   During this time there were 3 types of schooling available to children which was dependant on their class background.   Elementary schools were for the working class children, grammer schools were suited to the middle class children whilst public schools were attended by the upper class.   H G Wells described the education act as an act to educate the lower class for employment on lower class lines and with specially trained inferior teachers.   In 1944 saw the reform of the education act, with its main aim being to give every pupiol an equal chance to develop his or her own talents and abilities to the full within a free system of state education.   This saw the structure of the education system being reorganized into 3 stages, primary schools for children upto the age of 11, secondary schools from the...