Thursday, February 3, 2011

Who Gets the Best Jobs?

Another excellent BBC programme about inequality of opportunity (and, sadly, of aspiration). Who Gets the Best Jobs? made the obvious point that to get to university at all, students from working-class backgrounds “probably had to overcome greater odds than their wealthier counterparts”. As one interviewee observed, “those that come through that can actually be better equipped ultimately than those who had the easier journey, almost having things on a plate”.

What does Milton’s Satan call it? “Resolution from despair” . . .

. . . And reassembling our afflicted powers,
Consult how we may henceforth most offend
Our enemy, our own loss how repair,
How overcome this dire calamity,
What reinforcement we may gain from hope,
If not what resolution from despair.

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