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Meritocracy

Yes, I went to Harvard. No, That Doesn't Matter.

Melissa Chen | Posted 07.08.2015 | College
Melissa Chen

Once upon a time, I was proud of being offered admission to Harvard. But today, my resume would probably be better off had I skipped those four years and spent the time at home learning how to code.

Meritocracy's Darker Notes

William Cheng | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
William Cheng

It's easy to assume that Americans' growing disillusionment with meritocracy stems mainly from the blunt facts of financial inequality. But there's another explanation. I think many of us, deep down, find that the very terms of meritocracy sometimes ask us to give up too much of what we hold dear.

Why Aren't More Latino Authors Being Published?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 06.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Basically, there are only so many tales of brave and adventurous white people that Hispanic kids can read. At some point, they disconnect.

Singapore-Style Meritocracy: Lessons for China

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- I can testify from my own experience in Singapore that the country has evolved into a more compassionate society. In the early 1990s, the talk was all narrowly selfish behavior and being afraid to "lose" in a highly competitive society. Two decades later, Singaporeans take pride in behaving well to others, including disadvantaged members of society, even when nobody is watching.

The Great Mujica: Portrait of a Person

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Ximena Ortiz

Mujica projected, from his presidential perch, the wildly innocent virtue of Uruguay itself -- and magnified it. If Uruguay as a country is part exile, part refuge, Mujica made the country more the latter. One thing is certain, the world will remember Mujica -- the president, the person.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

Meritocracy in the Modern World

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

All businesses have hierarchies, of course - without order, there is chaos. But some hierarchies are more rigid than others. The danger for employees stuck in stricter environments is that they actually become accustomed to not speaking up.

A Very Italian Mayor: Bill De Blasio

Angela Vitaliano | Posted 10.09.2014 | New York
Angela Vitaliano

I do appreciate the love and the consideration that Mr. De Blasio has toward his Italian heritage, but he is the Mayor of New York, a place where his own family arrived to pursue the American Dream. I expect that he will conduct himself with respect for the rules of the place where American Dreams are possible. Nothing less.

Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped f...

Being Latino Is Not a Crutch

César Vargas | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Being Latino is not a crutch. Society keeps telling us it is. I'm telling you it's not. Believe in yourself. Pass it on to your family, your friends, your children, and society.

Online Staffing Platforms Make the Freelance Economy a True Meritocracy

Jeff Wald | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Jeff Wald

It seems clear that while the conversation continues about gender differences in the workplace, the freelance economy is becoming a great equalizer of work. The freelance economy is a true meritocracy where decisions are based mostly on data.

Do Whites Only Support Meritocracy When It Benefits Them?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

Do white people only support traditional definitions of meritocracy when it benefits them? A new study suggests so. University of Miami professor F...

Right-wing Myths About Merit, Money and Morality

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When it comes to wealth, you get what you deserve. If you're rich, you've earned it. Same goes for the poor. Middle class too. Do you believe these statements to be true most or all of the time?

Immigrant Women Leaders: Revitalizing American Meritocracy

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The immigrant have-nots enjoy significantly fewer connections/opportunities and struggle under more liabilities -- including language and cultural barriers. Female immigrants have additional family obligations on top of that. So, how do they break through the meritocracy ceiling?

Mostly Male Configuration of Republican Leadership Shows Meritocracy, Not Sexism

Brian Jencunas | Posted 02.03.2013 | College
Brian Jencunas

Defending the makeup of the Republican leadership is not grounds for overlooking the Republican's difficulties with women voters. But the gender gap will only be fixed by policy changes, not by identity politics.

How Equal Are We Anyway? Different Illusions of Meritocracy in Chinese and United States Schooling

Susan D. Blum | Posted 01.28.2013 | Education
Susan D. Blum

In China, the children of the privileged can sail off into lives made smooth by their families, always scoring highest, getting into the best programs, and ultimately finding their way to the top leadership of the nation. Sound familiar?

A Breed Apart: Why Our Elites Are So Disconnected

Rakesh Khurana | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Rakesh Khurana

A homogenous and self-perpetuating elite is a bad thing for any society, and particularly for the United States. Alone among nations the U.S. envisions itself as the place where citizens can and should rise as far as their combination of talents and hard work can take them.

The GOP Platform and the Meritocracy

Ryan Wells | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Ryan Wells

In the U.S., we tend to consider ability and aptitude as the primary indicators of merit. These factors, however, are so wrapped up with one's socioeconomic status and family background, that in some ways those are the factors actually being measured.

Political Meritocracy Is a Good Thing (Part 2): Improving Meritocracy in China

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Daniel A. Bell

China can learn much from the political virtues typically associated with democratic regimes: political participation, freedom, transparency, and toleration. But the country can and should build upon the actual and potential advantages of its political meritocracy.

Political Meritocracy Is a Good Thing (Part 1): The Case of China

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Daniel A. Bell

Political meritocracy is a key theme in the history of Chinese political culture. For Confucius, political meritocracy starts from the assumption that everybody should be educated.

How Singapore Gave Birth to Servolve

Sourav Roy | Posted 10.07.2012 | Small Business
Sourav Roy

When I first met George Mathew some three years ago in a business gathering, I remember an acquaintance introducing him as "a young man with immense capital" to invest in Singapore's fast-paced economy.

America's Incomplete Thoughts About Inequality and Meritocracy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

For the sake of America's future, I hope that America will reawaken its passion for equality of opportunity and that those who express support for this equality are not simply speaking empty words.

Democracy Is Not Self-Correcting

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Nathan Gardels

What matters for good governance is an open society -- freedom of expression and the rule of law to protect feedback -- not whether the system is meritocratic, democratic or a hybrid.

Education "Reform" -- Garbage In, Garbage Out

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.07.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The problems with education in America will be addressed only when we recognize that it's all about race, class and inequity.

A Formal Call for a Politics of Dignity

Charlotte Hill | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

While others have celebrated freedom, we have celebrated money. While others, living under dictatorship, have celebrated choice, we have celebrated celebrity.