After reading this chapter, you will be able to:
- What does it mean to look at education as a social institution?
- How do historical moment, the social structure, and changing systems of production shape the functions of education over time and across place?
- How do functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction approach and explain education as an institution?
- How does education reproduce social inequality?
- What are the central issues facing global education today?
- How do policy debates surrounding pre-K, K–12, and higher education all revolve around the tension between public education and individual choice and responsibility for accessing opportunities and achieving success?