Latent functions of education include social integration, establishing relationships, and conformity to peer norms. Examples include matching the attitudes and beliefs of a person’s peer group and giving children the opportunity to socialize and allowing them to form meaningful relationships.

Schools also serve a latent function in society by socializing children into behaviors like practicing teamwork, following a schedule, and using textbooks. … When children are required to work together on a project, they practice teamwork with other people in cooperative situations.


Latent functions include child care, the establishment of peer relationships, and lowering unemployment by keeping high school students out of the full-time labor force. Problems in the educational institution harm society because all these functions cannot be completely fulfilled.

For example schools are expected to educate the children in the knowledge and skills that they need. The manifest functions are obvious, admitted and generally applauded. Latent functions are unrecognized and unintended functions. These are the unforeseen consequences of institutions.