Higher education is supposed to be about bettering ourselves. If the pursuit of knowledge is so noble, why shouldn’t everyone be afforded that opportunity, regardless of class status? This egalitarian concept is completely at odds with how the universities in our country are actually run. Working class applicants are continually discriminated against at elite collages, while the rich legacy students with poor academics are welcomed under the guise of “tradition.”
Last month, Chris resigned from his position as a film archivist at Washington University in St. Louis, a school with abysmal economic diversity. We discuss its impact, the New York Times
’ classist condescension towards him, and ways we can challenge class warfare in higher education.
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Interested in learning more? Many of Chris’s articles can be found on this site. Class Bigotry in Higher EducationExpand Civil Rights to Include Social ClassThe White Trash ScapegoatClass Notes – Welfare for the Rich at America’s Colleges
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