ok i’m gonna go back to tumblr breaking after this in the interests of trying to set a personal record for least nervous breakdowns in a college semester, but like: my schools & society textbook talks a big game about critical theory being willing to challenge the fundamental assumptions of the way society is structured, but they basically leave it as “let’s challenge the idea that our schools fully and fairly equip all students to succeed on the basis of their talents.” which, fair, schools definitely don’t do that. but… they don’t challenge the idea of the legitimacy of ordering society by a meritocracy. they talk about the disproportionately low representation of non white dude groups in The Professions, which again, very fair, very important, but they don’t like, make it explicit that they’re saying “we want everyone to have an equal chance to escape from the depressing jobs that we are not addressing or challenging the stigmatization of.” they talk about the myths of education but this is the biggest one i run into, like, IRL, when people promote education as a panacea for, like, poverty: someone needs to do those jobs! they’re like, “isn’t it bad that people had this idea of classes of society belonging to certain IQ groups who were unsuited for certain kinds of jobs” and i don’t totally see how “let everyone succeed according to their talents” is functionally different from that. and i guess things like a living wage and universal benefits and labor protection rights are maybe beyond the scope of a textbook about education history? but it still feels to me like, basically, they think they’re challenging the status quo more deeply than they are.