02 Jun I’m working class. Should I go to an elite university?
Because I’ve spoken about classism existing at elite universities, people ask me; do you think working class students should go to such institutions? My answer is yes.
1:38 The exception.
2:09 Those who attend elite universities are much more like to enter career positions which have significant power and set the direction for the country.
4:28 Entering higher education as a working class student earns you respect, an incredibly useful thing to have.
5:59 It inspires other working class people to fight against structural inequalities and achieve their ambitions.
The Sutton Trusts research on the educational background of leading lawyers, journalists, vice chancellors, politicians, medics and chief executives:
Just a handful of articles illustrating how the system does not support those who are working class:
1) The justice system is geared against those who are working class https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/27/white-youngsters-make-mistakes-police-justice-committee
2) Grenfell Tower illustrated how we don’t value working class lives
3) Universal credit puts people into desperate situations
4) Working class children in education are not treated as well as others. Diane Reay is a brilliant academic who researches and writes on educational inequalities; if you haven’t already – read her journals and books!