The functionalist theory perceives the duty of education such as transfer of core values and social control while the conflict theory regard education as a way of sustaining power structure and establishing a docile labor force for capitalism. Functionalists view education as helpful
contribution to an ordered community whereas conflict theorist’s regards schooling system as a
continuing the status quo by numbing the lower classes into being compliant employees.
Functionalists perceives education in its clear purpose; transmitting knowledge and skills to the
next generation while conflict theorist view education as upholding social disparity and
conserving the power of those who control society.