Education In Karl Mannheim's Critical Sociology Of Education

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CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY ON EDUCATION The Sociology of Education is important to take into consideration because it studies how public institutions such as schools and individual experiences affect education and its possible outcomes. An article namely, the ‘Critical Sociology of Education’ by Alwee, (1998) discusses the critical aspects of education and a call for the development of educational institutions of modern times. An educational system must consist of certain objectives such as- (a) to obtain the required awareness for living within the cultural and social system; (b) to understand the living and non-living life forms; (c) to ensure the moral, spiritual and cognitive development of the personality; (d) to develop an actual sense of civic responsiveness and social unity and (e) to obtain a good life. According to Karl Mannheim, in today’s modern period, the education system cannot be regarded as either good or bad because of the changes in the contemporary world which often results in the incapability of the educational system to keep step with the ever-increasing changes. For being a good educational system, it should carry out the following objectives mentioned above. But however, this is not the case. The primary aim of the sociology of education according to Mannheim should be based on understanding the existing education system, identifying its strengths and weaknesses, so to set a platform…show more content…
Such kind of educational system tends to suppress the development of freedom and reasoning capacity of the individuals as well as promote individuals to develop their intellectual powers based on imitation and emotion, which ultimately train them for an unthinking acceptance of values and blind obedience. A school system which is not able or remains ambivalent to address these problems deserves serious

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