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Meritocracy

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

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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.

There Are No "Top Tier" Colleges, Schools (or Kids!)

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.29.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

You high school seniors, applying to or waiting to hear from colleges, ignore all the nonsense about top tier schools. And especially ignore the ridiculous notion that your SAT score or grade point average defines who you are.

The Tea Party Misses the Point of OWS's Aspirations

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.10.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is the outrage against the corruption and destruction of our once heralded system of meritocracy that is the core of Occupy Wall Street. The Tea party would do well to take heed.

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.