Review how the functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist perspectives understand andexplain education. Which of these three approaches do you most prefer? Why?
According to the functional perspective, education helps socialize children and prepare them fortheir eventual entrance into the larger society as adults.
The major sociological perspectives on education fall nicely into the functional, conflict, andsymbolic interactionist approaches (Ballantine & Hammack, 2009). summarizes what these approaches say.