Socialization as an Aim of Education - Paper

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Socialization as an Aim of Education

Danielle Seguin

California State University, Long Beach

Socialization as an Aim of Education

In its truest form, I believe the main purpose of education should be to promote socialization. Socialization refers to the act of inheriting and spreading standards, customs and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for contributing in society. Socialization is therefore the way that social and cultural continuity are attained (“Socialization,”n.d., para.1). In a society that seeks to achieve its full potential and maximize its benefits, the aim of socialization through education has the potential to
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When people are oppressed, not only does it violate human rights, this challenges their identities. When identities are challenged, people are not able to live up to their fullest potential. Thus, education should function to celebrate rather than dismiss cultures.

Cultural continuity does more than preserve identities and equality, it also promotes innovation and cultural richness in a society. For example, Los Angeles is a culturally rich city. At the same time, it is a city that is famous for its wealth of the arts. It is not a coincidence that both realities exist. In many ways, culture promotes art and expression. Cultural continuity in its rawest form comes without expectations of assimilation thus allowing individuals to contribute their true selves to society. Delivering education this way, exposes ideas and adds value to community.

In a utopia, these aims for education may be perfectly practiced. However, it is not a perfect world and there are, and have been many injustices in the education system. In fact, these aims of education have been, or are being challenged at present.

Leonardo and Hunter’s Dialects of the Urban, discussed how the negative images and perceptions of the urban as a disorganized jungle has resulted in policy makers creating schools that are “appropriate” for urban students today (Leonardo & Hunter, 2007).

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