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The Educational


How did it emerge?
• Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Emma Hart
Willard, and Horace Mann supported public education as
a way for individuals to receive practical knowledge and
perhaps skills that enable a person to become a
member of society.
• They also pushed for public education so that not just
the rich were educated

“Separate, but equal”
• Plessy v. Ferguson 1986 Supreme Court decision that
upheld racial segregation in schools went directly
against the purpose of public education

Brown v. Board of
• This Supreme Court case found that state laws that had
segregated schools were unconstitutional
• Segregated schools were also found to be funded
unequally and thus its students educated unequally

Public Education Today
• Modern education has opened up to all races, sex,
gender, and ethnicities.
• However it also enforces the beliefs, values and social
norms that excuse other inequalities.
• Since the beliefs, values and social norms are from
societys dominant culture, it often excludes aspects of
society that aren’t particularly recognized by the
dominant society
• This includes traditional gender roles, gender
acceptance, other religious beliefs, and students with

Conflict Analysis
• Historically, cases such as Brown v. Board of Education
and Plessy v. Ferguson show how the educational
institution kept the wealthy and those with a certain
status in power

Conflict Analysis
• Public schools are 57 percent funded by the state in
which it resides, 29 percent by property taxes and other
local sources, and in 14 percent by the federal
• This means that those who go to public school in areas
with people with higher income are able to access a
different level of education than those that are less

Conflict Analysis
• The positive that may come from a conflict perspective is a
bill passed in June 2015 in Nevada
• This law allows parent to directly access to their child's
education funds
• The funds can be used in the parents choosing of public,
private, homeschool and online education for their child
• A restricted use education fund will be allow parents access
to 90 percent of state funds for their child
• Low income families and those with special need will be able
to access 100 percent of their child's state allocated funds

Functional Analysis
• A person with a functionalist perspective would see
public education as a positive, especially in allowing
social order to continue working properly.
• Public education will allow many to learn basic life skills
that will allow them to efficiently join the work force
after their schooling, and maintain the prescribed social
• Schools also maintain a merit based system that values
achieved statuses/universalistic values

Functional Analysis
• Functionalists can be supported by statistics
• For example, the median annual earnings of a person
with some high school education would earn $24,000
• Those with a GED or who graduated high school would
earn $31,000
• Those with an associates degree would earn $37,000
To a functionalist this would mean that since everyone is
given equal opportunities to learn in high school,
therefore those who do not a achieve as much as others
is a failure because they did not work as hard to achieve
as much as others

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Schultzke, Eric. "Aggressive New Nevada Law Puts Private Schools in Reach of
All." Deseret News Utah, 16 June 2015. Web. 05 Dec. 2016.
Weston, Margaret. "Financing California's Public Schools." Financing California's
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