Could the conflict perspective be a possible theory that affects students' academic performance in school?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is unlikely that the conflict perspective would actually affect students’ performance in school.  However, it might be used to explain why some students do well and others do badly. 

The conflict perspective holds that different groups in society are always in conflict with one another.  Results occur in society because of the outcome of these conflicts.  So, it would be possible that different students would have different levels of success based on what group they are in.  If whites and blacks, for example, are in conflict, then black students might do poorly if whites in general win in the conflict.  The whites might set up a system in which their schools have better funding than those attended by blacks.  This might lead to better outcomes for white students.

In this way, the differences between different groups of students’ academic achievement could reflect the results of the competition between groups in society.