Elitism and social discrimination persist, but what is to blame?

We should be clear: schools, universities, and leading firms all have a part to play in the continuation of elitism and social class discrimination

According to a study by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, published today, the UK is still “deeply elitist”, dominated in top positions by people educated at independent schools and Oxbridge.

Alan Milburn, who heads the Commission, said that many institutions that matter appear to be more like a “cosy club”.

The findings today show of certain leading professions, the proportion of people who went to fee-paying schools included:

71% of senior judges;

62% of senior armed forces officers;

55% of permanent secretaries (the most senior civil servants);

53% of senior diplomats;

45% of chairmen and women of public bodies;

44% of the Sunday Times Rich List;

43% of newspaper columnists; and

26% of BBC executives.

via Elitism and social discrimination persist, but what is to blame? | Left Foot Forward.

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