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Meritocracy

China's Worldview Imperative: Don't Rock Our Boat

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Everything that registers on China's international -- and, for that matter, domestic -- radar does so because it, directly or indirectly, impacts stability.

When Young People Stopped Dreaming in Greece

Thanos Dimadis | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
Thanos Dimadis

There is a motto in the Greek language which is often used and refers to how Greece treats young people living in the country and struggling to succee...

It Is About Time Educators Are Treated Like Business People (SATIRE)

Peter Zucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

I am no longer going to fight the fight. From this moment on I only want to be treated as if I were employed in a true blue American business.

Be Afraid, Very Afraid

Ilene H. Lang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ilene H. Lang

I was never a fan of scary movies because there are enough real scary things already out there! Below is a list of the top ten things that my colleagues and I are scared about this Halloween. Freddy Krueger's got nothing on these.

Yalie Perplexed by Anti-Yale Sentiment

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley W. Bloch

Americans don't resent upward mobility; they just resent getting so few chances at it. There isn't an obvious solution to this situation. But until we address it, we need to be prepared for a great deal of irritation from a great many people.

Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn't Make it So

Caroline Simard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Caroline Simard

Research shows that women face persistent barriers to retention and advancement in the high tech industry. Is it "all men's fault?" No.

Reading Plato With Columbia Students

Megan Doherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Megan Doherty

I faced my first Core Curriculum class at Columbia last week armed with the names of my 20 students and a heavily annotated copy of Plato's Republic.

Helpful Advice for Rhodes Scholars (For the Rest of Us, Maybe Not So Much)

Bradley W. Bloch | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Bradley W. Bloch

In replacing aristocracy with meritocracy, are we really opening the gates of opportunity, or merely replacing one narrow ideal with another?

Meritocracy: Overcoming the Fear Factor

Maynard Webb | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maynard Webb

Playing it safe does not fuel growth for our companies. It does not create personal freedom. And it will never change the world.

Meritocracy: World Cup Fever

Maynard Webb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Maynard Webb

The most direct path to achievement whether you're an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member.

The Trouble With Meritocracy

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Olmsted

Here's the question society needs to ask itself: Do the "average" and "below average" have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the "above average" and "excellent?"

Prize of the Meritocracy

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rob Fishman

Goldman Sachs is, by its own account, a meritocracy -- a word first used by Michael Young in 1958. In the half-century since, we seem to have forgotten that the original work was satire.

The American Nightmare

Rob Fishman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Fishman

Of all the misdeeds carried out on the southern tip of Manhattan over the last decade, perhaps Wall Street's greatest fraud was to arrogate the very meaning of the American Dream.

A Year Later -- My Clarion Call to America Left Unanswered

Lynn Tilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lynn Tilton

We are living in interesting times and the road to resurgence will be long and fraught with obstacles. The path to economic recovery begins with truth.

Breaking the Gender-Merit Link

Nancy Hopkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Hopkins

When someone suggests gender diversity as an asset of a job candidate, the reply is often "Oh no, I'm only interested in merit." Yet name some other quality needed for the position, and the idea of merit is assumed, not questioned.

Meet the Black Elite!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

That the charity of New York's best events is secondary, even insignificant, in contrast to the stylishness of those in attendance, is a 'dirty secret' that's routinely denied.

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

Are You Worthy? It's Time to Question Meritocracy

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phillip Martin

Rick Santelli's self-righteous outburst directed at down-on-their-luck foreclosed home buyers amounts to what the late sociologist William Ryan termed "blaming the victim."

The Audacity of Whiteness: Framing Barack Obama

Jill Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jill Nelson

In journalism, white people who are granted the role of analyzing everyone, including African Americans, who are likely overlooked or spoken for by white expert opinion.

Italy: No Country For Young Men

Alessandro Fusacchia and Fabio Oliva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alessandro Fusacchia and Fabio Oliva

Change, unfortunately, is hard to come by in Italy, a country bogged down by red-tape, political scandals and lack of innovation.

Living and Dying American

Stephen Herrington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephen Herrington

Back then a typical Republican was to the left of the Clintons. Nixon was a transition. It took Reagan to really define the world in which we now live, in which merit is no longer of value.