The ISMs Project

Classism in Education

  • Annika Miller (Iowa State University)
  • Garrett Edmonds (Iowa State University)
  • Isaiah Aldiano (Iowa State University)


Classism within school systems has hindered the education of children and young adults for many years. The varying and complex situations that each individual lives, systematic barriers,and required to paywalls are just a few examples of how classism is overlooked in terms of education. Our research found that those who experienced classism during their educational years felt as if their education was worth less than those of a higher socioeconomic status (Langhout). Along with this, higher education can be achieved through backhanded means such as paying large sums of money to enter an educational institution rather than entering on merit.We found that other countries around the world that have adopted different economic systems than America, such as the Nordic Model adopted by Norway in 2009, have the lowest income equality in the world. As a result of this Norway has high social mobility, better education (Andersen).



Published on
05 Mar 2021
Classism in Education