Social Class

Topics: Social class, Working class, Middle class Pages: 2 (744 words) Published: February 17, 2014
There was a time in society when there were clear lines between the upper class, middle class, and the working (or lower class). Today, those lines are blurred more than they used to be. This is giving most Americans the false hope that class has disappeared and the playing field is finally level. Although in their article, Shadowy Lines That Still Divide, Janny Scott and David Leinhardt prove how untrue this belief is and then explain why this perception is possible to the naked eye.

The rich continue to enjoy the best in health care and education whereas the others remain far under privileged. This gives the rich a clear cut edge over others in the society. This is just one example in Scotts and Leinhardt’s article that they use to show that even though the lines between the classes has become blurred, that they are still there and are possibly larger than ever before. Scott and Leonhardt feel that it is wrong to think that the chances of class mobility have gone up in the present. According to them, it has been proved that the opportunities to climb the ladder of success for the middle and the working classes have considerably gone down in the recent times. The American dream is a myth in todays present world. Although, due to rags and riches idea which has been encouraged as true by the media, most American’s still believe this to be completely possible in todays society. Although, The mobility from rags to riches has become quite unthinkable and improbable. Scotts and Leinhardt’s even state that Horatio Alger’s (which made his name synonymous with rags to riches success) was a “second generation Harvard man.” This therefore proves that even the man that is known with rags to riches, had no personal connection with the matter.

It is thought of that education and success in school is still tightly linked to class. This still remains true. “Educated are winning in a rout…” Although, the education of ones parents also matters. Scotts and Leinhardt...
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