Blog # 3 mobility to higher education

Most people define themselves as middle class, which is expected if you work a solid job and make a solid salary. Working class defined: majority of people say they are working class making medium salaries. People are now more distributed into classes then in 1951 and there are more “poor” people now then there used to be. People are more aware of class now because where they grew up and what their parents made and did has an impact of what their more likey to do and become. Society becomes more aware of this as time goes by. A lot of ambitions that people have to move from working class to higher class or at least middle class gets buried under the burdon of having to work minimum wage jobs to survive or even the burden of coming from a background of working poor. There is a link to geography to culture to aspirations to class. Working class versus the middle class used to be an interesting distinction but not so much anymore. Now they are pretty much the same. The interesting distinction now with unemployment rising is the non working class veruses the working class. Now with so many people not working, non working class has become a complete category on its own. I think that now if you want to move up the economic ladder in the United States, one of the best ways to do so is to earn a college degree. Historically education was not always the key to upward mobility. Another way would be an inheritance but most people don’t have either options.

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3 responses to “Blog # 3 mobility to higher education

  1. Interesting observations about the changes in the class hierarchy, in the relevant categories, how they’re defined and the cultural meanings attached. I’m glad you listened to the segment — it was one of the more interesting and open discussions of class and social mobility I’ve heard in a while. ‘Broken promises’ (like a degree and hard work will get you a ‘middle class’ standard of living) are not easy to talk about. The piece also underscores our general sensitivity to class/status distinctions, how ‘discriminating’ we can be. The ‘status inflation’ in people’s self-descriptions that one panelist drew attention to was very revealing.

  2. I find it interesting how we as a culture have gone from a culture that needed an 8th grade education to now needing a college education. And now the unspoken reality is that you really can’t be successfully employed without a masters degree

  3. I agree, I feel as though we are moving too fast. My grandparents were fine with just a high school degree, now Im not too sure if my double major bachelor degree I will receive will be worth anything if I dont continue to grad school.

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