chapter  3
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The Other Side of the Hidden Curriculum: Culture as Lived - I

In Chapter 2, by treating culture as part of the larger process of commodification and accumulation, I examined the ways in which the educational system produces particular kinds of knowledge that are ultimately accumulated and used in the economic sphere, and how its political role sometimes complements and contradicts this. I cautioned us not to assume, though, that there is necessarily always a successful correspondence between what industry needs in terms of cultural capital or the norms and dispositions-the ideology-of its workers and what happens in schools. Because students are stratified based on the categories of deviance generated in part by the productive function of the educational system, this does not mean that we need to accept the idea that the "bottom layers" of these students necessarily get a hidden curriculum that prepares them simply to fit into and accept their place on the lower rungs of the "economic ladder."