Among its functions include instilling culture in people. Education spreads social values and norms to new generations by enlightening students on cultural beliefs. Consequently, education is a socialization agent. Individuals gain social identity based on the social standards and the regulated behavior they find in school. Students learn the social hierarchy, leadership and cultural status (Ballantine & Spade, 2008).
Personally, it is in school where I gained an extensive social identity. With the diverse students who I interacted, the social gender roles such as what men or women should/shouldn’t do became salient. I also got informed on the values and norms of my culture. The essence of the society and culture as regulators of behavior became profoundly pronounced.
Education is a major tool that helped me to understand deeply what is expected of me. I learned values such as discipline and respect; virtues that were highly reinforced in my former school. Education brought it clearly that hard work is a prerequisite if good outcomes are to be achieved. Gender identity as also became salient as the school I attended was a boy’s