The Mcdonalization Of Primary School Education

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Introduction
According famous sociologist Emile Durkheim the manifest function of “socialization agencies” such as schools is “[to] teach children how to get along with others and prepare them for adult economic roles” (2012). The way the US tackles this is requiring youth to begin school at a median age of and continue to stay in some kind of schooling system: public, private, or homeschool, until the minimum age of 16, yet some states require students to continue until the age of 18 (Bush 2010). However, The McDonalization of Primary School Education, grades K-12, has become increasingly prevalent in public schools around the country; however, the system is backfiring due to the multitude of “holes” in that come along with standardizing institutions
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Furthermore, this point can be seen by looking at the data collected by the department of education which records a graduation rate of 82% during the 2012-2013 academic year which totaled to be 3.2 million public school students (2016a). However, not near as many children enrolled in postsecondary education. In essence those statistics show that while many students are graduating or getting their GED they are not furthering their education which is becoming more and more of a necessity in this world where many jobs rely on having furthered your knowledge and obtaining a degree in your field of study. Finally, there is control which ties many aspects of the three other components of McDonalization together. The point of control is to maintain consistency and is mainly related technology. Control is one of the biggest problems with the McDonalization of education due to the fact that it makes it hard to meet special request. Which in the sense of education means children with learning disabilities or special needs. These children require a different way of learning or extra help learning in the way that their peers do. This being said control does not allow for this and these children are usually left in the

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