Countries that help working class students get into university have happier citizens
‘INCLUSIVE’ EDUCATIONAL POLICIES that help working class students access higher education, such as lowering the cost of private education, act to reduce the ‘happiness gap’ between the rich and poor, according to a new study.
Other such policies include delaying streaming children according to their ability until they are older and increasing the intake of universities so that more students can attend.
Research shows that the more educated people are, the happier they tend to be, according to the authors.
They note that it is, unfortunately, also the case that children from privileged, wealthy backgrounds tend to do better at school and are more likely to go to university than children from poorer working class backgrounds.
The study, published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education, shows that this doesn’t have to be the case, and that the link between social class and happiness can be moderated by educational policies that offer more opportunities to disadvantaged children.
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