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Imposter syndrome - outclassed by your job?!

When I first moved to London, I found one aspect of the local culture particularly challenging. I’d moved from Sheffield (a more working class South Yorkshire city) to Hammersmith in London. 500 more words


Underinvestment in Education Begins at Birth… not in College

David Leonardt’s Upshot essay today has the provocatively titled “College for the Masses“, profiles a marginally qualified student who enrolled in and graduated from college after failing to launch a career as a rock singer. 391 more words

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

“…the reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it….”

— George Carlin

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think… 1,071 more words


Evan Osnos's "Age of Ambition": A Street-Level View of China's Transformation

Good morning, Pine Tree Republic citizens! With this post, we debut a new feature called Global Book Club. Once every two months, we’ll post a review of a recent book that has helped us increase our understanding of world affairs, including some key quotes, important themes, and questions to prompt discussion over the next couple months. 1,390 more words


Poverty, Presence and Conditional Love

David Brooks has written a new book that talks about the moral condition of our country and his columns of late reflect his thinking on this issue. 612 more words

Is social mobility enough?

Analysing the data in the recently published Sutton Trust Social Mobility Index* has made me reflect a bit on ‘social mobility’ as a goal of public policy. 538 more words


The Quest for Social Mobility - the EastEnders effect

As someone who was born into a low working class background whose only ticket out of that background has been education (albeit in a different country), I follow the political sound bites about social mobility with interest. 1,591 more words