A Study of the Relationship Between the Weakening of the Social Mobility Function of Education and the Educational Equity in China

Yi Chen, Xuanting Wu


The social mobility function of education refers to the function of education to cultivate and screen individuals so that individuals can adopt different positions and give full play to their talents after stepping into society. This function is of great significance to the stability and development of social structures, and educational equity is a significant factor affecting the extent to which it can be performed. Based on the current situation of the weakening of the social mobility function of education in China, this paper first reviews the specific manifestations of the current weakening of this function and points out that the “Matthew effect” is the root of the problem, and the classification of school education is the direct cause of the situation. At the same time, this paper explores the causes of the weakening of this function from the perspective of educational equity, proposes the two-sided impact of educational equity on the function of social mobility, and proposes discusses the “Matthew effect” in the aspect of educational inequality. Finally, this paper puts forward three suggestions for improving educational inequality, seeking to provide references for improving the current situation of educational inequality in the future and alleviating the weakening of the social mobility function of education.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/irhe.v7n2p28


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