I had classmates in high school who, shamefully, looked down on some people in our school because they were in a less rigorous academic program, or…

I had classmates in high school who, shamefully, looked down on some people in our school because they were in a less rigorous academic program, or didn’t act/look like them (which to them meant that they were less smart, less capable). That kind of attitude really frustrated me because these peers of mine (who thankfully were a minority in their opinions) tended to be from families who were well-off and whose parents, unlike that of a lot of the students in our school who weren’t well-off financially, had stable jobs and had a comfortable salary. I’m not saying that everyone who comes from an affluent family condones to this “let’s look down at everyone who isn’t like us” behavior, only that there was a minority of students who failed to see things from the perspective of someone whose conditions in life aren’t so good. They couldn’t see that for some of these students they looked down on, home isn’t always that stable, family life isn’t always so harmonious, and money, especially, wasn’t abundant. Those kind of conditions aren’t exactly conducive to a good studying environment, or just an environment to grow up in general, so why look down on someone for situations they (often) aren’t culpable of?
– Allyson