I went into reading this essay with an open mind. I put all my beliefs about class and its meaning behind me. I feel Mantsios took on a hard job of arguing why people don't like to talk about class and how class affects everyone's lives but he did a great job at presenting and supporting his points. The Myths were clearly stated and then with supporting evidence and examples Mantsios thoroughly proved them false. One example would be when Mantsios wanted to show how class affects peoples schooling. Using Richard De Lone's data on college students SAT scores and comparing that data to past research on the correlation between class and education level, it was found that "students from upper-class families were twice as likely to obtain training beyond high school and four times as likely to attain a post-graduate degree" (Mantsios 315). Mantsios then had reasonable evidence to state "class standing has a significant impact on chances for educational achievement" (Mantsios 315). This statement helped refute a lot of the myths that were listed. I agree with most of what Mantsios stated in his essay. It would be hard to go against what he stated with all the evidence and data there was to support his claims and argument.
America is not a classless society, as many Americans would like to believe. Though it may be a land of great opportunity, the class system denies many people the chance to realize their dreams. Issues of racial and gender discrimination are especially paramount. There is a huge gap between the upper class and lower class Americans. The upper class Americans will always have an upper hand and they will always be in a privileged position because they have the necessary means to get quality education, which means that they will get good jobs. The lower class will continue to suffer in poverty because they do not have the means and the connections. Hard work, sacrifice and perseverance will not necessarily determine whether a person will get the opportunities promised by the American dream.
The main distinguishing feature of the upper class is its ability to derive enormous incomes from wealth through techniques such as money management and investing, rather than engaging in wage-labor or salaried employment.    Successful entrepreneurs , CEOs , politicians , investment bankers , venture capitalists , heirs to fortunes, some lawyers , top-flight physicians , and celebrities are considered members of this class by contemporary sociologists , such as James Henslin or Dennis Gilbert .  There may be prestige differences between different upper-class households. An A-list actor, for example, might not be accorded as much prestige as a former . President ,  yet all members of this class are so influential and wealthy as to be considered members of the upper class.  At the pinnacle of wealth, 2004 saw a dramatic increase in the numbers of billionaires. According to Forbes Magazine , there are now 374 . billionaires. The growth in billionaires took a dramatic leap since the early 1980s, when the average net worth of the individuals on the Forbes 400 list was $400 million. Today, the average net worth is $ billion. Wal-Mart Walton family now has 771,287 times more than the median household. (Collins and Yeskel 322)