Kwame Anthony Appiah:

In the postwar era, the term “socioeconomic status” came into widespread use to designate what’s ordinarily meant by class. Alas, it merely tucks away the perplexities into the “socio” part, like a child hiding her spinach in a napkin.

The middle portion of Appiah’s essay is geared toward the realm of higher education: who gets access (& what kind), stratification within the American academy, the leavening activated by universities. I’m a couple of weeks late to this essay, but reading it right on time — a new semester starts Tuesday.

Why Social Class Matters, Even if We Don’t Agree What It Means | The Chronicle of Higher Education