SCHOOL DAYS AND THE INEQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

SCHOOL DAYS AND THE INEQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

I recall having read years ago a some 1,000 page book on social mobility written in 1900 by Professor P.T. Sorokin, who held forth at a university in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The book was written years before the age of Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, and adherence to their brand of historical imperatives calling for Marxian reorganization of society. My recollection is that Sorokin coined the phrase “social mobility.”

It was a scholarly and massive tome showing (among other things) that the class ladder could be ascended and was not some Horatio Alger rags-to-riches fairy tale […]