The functionalist Parsons saw education as a meritocracy, you got what you worked for. This means that he believed everyone who went into education stood an equal chance to anyone else of achieving success, it was just dependent on how hard you worked. In this topic in education you will see how others such as Marxists don’t view education as an institute of equal chance. They see barriers to attainment and we will analyse these barriers. The first and most significant is class, educational attainment is determined by you class, your poisition in society. We will then look at gender as a determine factor and finally ethnicity.