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"When presented with ability, education and social background as factors for [upward social] mobility [in a poll reported by M.Harrop, 1980, Sociology 14] the [British] public overwhelmingly chose ability as the most important (79% of middle-class respondents and 62% of working-class); education was a poor second, at 15% and 25% respectively. Even among those who chose education as the most important, almost 70% saw the quality of education being dependent upon individual ability rather than social background. Hence the public have a very individualistic, or meritocratic view of mobility - in some contrast to that of most social scientists."
Disclaimer: this quote appears here only to spark discussion. It is not endorsed one way or the other. Make up your own mind. Or just refresh the page for another viewpoint. From a collection assembled by the late Chris Brand.