Monday, January 11, 2010

Of course class still matters

Remembering that class mobility in the US is about identical to that in the UK, some bits from Of course class still matters:
...the middle and upper classes are becoming increasingly effective at ensuring that their children have the capabilities and qualifications to populate the upper echelons of the economy and society, what the great sociologist Charles Tilly called opportunity hoarding.

....Alan Milburn's lethal report on social mobility showed that, despite only 7% of children being privately educated, 75% of judges, 70% of finance directors, 45% of top civil servants and 32% of MPs were independently schooled. And if current trends continue, tomorrow's professionals will come wholly from the better-off 30% of families.