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    Education and social mobility are only related through the types of work availalble.

    For example, the Victorian period saw a large increase in the middle class. The middle classes were needed because the economy needed people with technical, administrative and financial skills to run the new factories, increasingly large civil service and financial instituitions. The educated and skilled working classes moved up to fill these jobs and became middle class with commenstrate increase in income.

    In the 1950s to today, the types of work for working class such as manual factory work is decreasing, being replaced by automation or outsourcing. The types of work that has been traditionally regarded as middle class such as office work has increased giving the appearance of social mobility. But a lot of so called middle class work are poorly paid, worst in many cases than working class jobs such as a skilled trade or semi skilled trade.

    The current lack of social mobility is not caused by poor educational attainment but a lack of real middle class jobs. Many graduates with decent degrees are doing the types of work that are classed as working class such as shop assistant without any real prospects of advancing further up the career ladder to a middle class job and income.
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    I suppose the only way to increase social mobility or the best way would be an increase in education combined with encouraged investment from business to create more jobs.
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    (Original post by Maker)
    The current lack of social mobility is not caused by poor educational attainment but a lack of real middle class jobs. Many graduates with decent degrees are doing the types of work that are classed as working class such as shop assistant without any real prospects of advancing further up the career ladder to a middle class job and income.
    Whilst you make a good historical point, how does this apply to times when middle class jobs are not proportionally increasing? We quite clearly see evidence of a class divide in education performance at every level.
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    I suppose the only way to increase social mobility or the best way would be an increase in education combined with encouraged investment from business to create more jobs.
    Well, only if those jobs are 'middle class'!
 
 
 
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