Learning Objectives

  • Describe the social institution of education.
  • Discuss patterns and trends in education.
  • Describe the U.S. educational system and the influence of interest groups.
  • Apply the functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and conflict perspectives to social policy for education.
  • Apply specialized theories to the social institution of education.
  • Evaluate explanations for educational inequality.
  • Describe recent reforms in education.
  • Identify steps toward social change in education.