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    So, is social mobility currently improving or declining? Are grammar schools and Oxbridge helping or hindering the cause? What are your personal opinions on the matter?

    I'm asking partly out of interest, and partly because I'm taking part in a public speaking competition next week and I have a feeling that some of the questions I am set to face might include the idea of social mobility. (My speech is about the inevitability and desirability of elitism)
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    It's improving, I'd say. The number of elitist people is decreasing, and the availability of education to people from all walks of life increasing.
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...nd-454633.html

    Declining.
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    Listen here, go into your typical city comprehensive school and you'll see where it's all going wrong.
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    Declining.
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    Introducing fees for Uni, instead of the old grants system, has put some people off going to Uni.
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    Grammar schools increased social mobility, read the report from the London School of Economics.
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    The opportunities for social mobility are probably there for most people, it just seems as if they don't want to take them.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    The opportunities for social mobility are probably there for most people, it just seems as if they don't want to take them.
    :yep:

    Which isn't a problem, if people are happy; but it means it's nothing to complain about.
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    I believe that there has been a decline in social mobility. There is less movement between the classes, certainly less than in previous decades like the 1960s.
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    My personal views on the matter are that there are too many parvenus nowadays who are wealthy but still act like they're from a council house.
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    All the studies say declining.

    I have yet to find a reason to disagree.
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    (Original post by Renal)
    The opportunities for social mobility are probably there for most people, it just seems as if they don't want to take them.
    How scientific.
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    Social sciences are not scientific... to base social sciences on science implies rigidity to certain rules when no such rigidity actually exists.
 
 
 
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