Advantages Of Social Class Mobility

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Taking Advantage Over the Classes If a higher education leads to a higher class, why are the majority of college students from the upper class? Education is the true pathway to social class mobility, yet many working class people do not get these opportunities. Without an opportunity for upward social class mobility through education, many working class people remain in the working class. On the other hand, the upper class is afforded more upward opportunities to continue the pathway to maintain their social class through money, cultural upbringing, and societal influence. A college education can lead to more money and a higher social class, yet the upper class takes advantage of this system. Children of the upper and middle class are more …show more content…
Most people dream to have a better life than their parents did. A good education and hard work is the key to getting ahead (Scott and Leonhardt 2-3). The idea of social class mobility is easier to grasp than actually moving social classes. Most people will remain in the same social class as their parents did, more often than not because they are not presented with opportunities to increase their social class, but also because class ties people of similar backgrounds and cultures together (Scott and Leonhardt 3). The upper class does often come at a price. Although they may not accumulate large amounts of debt, a higher education is expensive and must be paid. Obtaining a job in today’s market is not always guaranteed. In a highly competitive job market, with many qualified people, a college degree isn’t all that is needed to be successful. Most people believe that having money will make life easier and be able to relax because of it, but more often the upper class is spending more hours at work. The people who want to be at the top seem to work more (Scott and Leonhardt …show more content…
The upper class can simply afford more than the working class, putting them at the advantage for receiving a college education. The working class that is able to attend college may be under immense amounts of debt because of it. If they are able to receive scholarships to aid tuition costs, it may not cover everything. A college education is something that is deemed necessary in our world today because many of the well-paying jobs require one. A lot of people have the American Dream to be better than their parents were, and that often includes moving up social classes and making more money. “‘Being born in the elite in the U.S. gives you a constellation of privileges that very few people in the world have ever experienced’” (Scott and Leonhardt 5). The upper class are afforded with more opportunities to receive a higher educational degree than the other classes. Without a college education, the working class is unable to move up very far on the social latter, whereas the upper class more often than not receive a college education and move up further or gain the promise to maintain their social class

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