Category

Meritocracy

Meritocracy

Modern Mathematics Confronts Its White, Patriarchal Past

When Noelle Sawyer, a Bahamian mathematician at Southwestern University, came to the U.S. for college, she was taken aback. During the first two years of her undergraduate program, Sawyer, whose research focuses on dynamics and geometry, kept wondering, “Why is no one treating me like I’m good at learning things?”…
bubmag
August 12, 2021
Meritocracy

You Should Not Run Your Family Like a Business

There is a scene in Moneyball that recounts the old way of evaluating baseball players. A rabble of aging scouts sit in a boardroom tossing out the characteristics of prospects they like: “Good face … good body … lot of pop coming off the bat … passes the eye candy…
bubmag
August 4, 2021
Meritocracy

The Aristocracy of Talent by Adrian Wooldridge

In Review Wooldridge’s book is a timely reminder that, for all its flaws, meritocracy may be better than the alternatives“Meritocracy has come in for some hard knocks of late,” said Darrin M. McMahon in the Literary Review. Radicals on the left and populists on the right both deride it as…
bubmag
July 30, 2021
Meritocracy

The fine print of business family successions

SynopsisThese days, business families are including their daughters in the family businesses. Yet on careful observation, one notices that the son is given responsibility for “outside” jobs such as production and sales, the jobs that take you to the factory and the market. These days, business families are including their…
bubmag
July 9, 2021
Meritocracy

The History of Locker-Room Talk

When I first posted on social media about my new book, Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad, some of my friends were confused. One commented, “I don’t understand; do you hate men?” Another said, “I feel bad for your sons.” It turns out that many people—even some in…
bubmag
June 16, 2021
Meritocracy

American Medical Association Puts Critical Race Theory Above All

The American Medical Association, the largest organization representing physicians and medical students across the nation, says it will replace meritocracy with “racial justice.”  In simpler terms, the American Medical Association is now embracing critical race theory.  On Tuesday, the association released an 86-page three-year roadmap outlining how the group will…
bubmag
May 14, 2021
Meritocracy

Why A New Nigeria Is Impossible By Bayo Oluwasanmi

After nearly 61 years of independence, Nigeria continues to grope in the dark with no ray of hope that things will get better. Indeed, things are getting worse by the day. Out of this hopelessness grew the desire and determination for oppressed and marginalized Yoruba and Igbo to fight for…
bubmag
March 27, 2021
Meritocracy

Sports’ unequal playing field

Sports are often sold as the great equalizer. Yet time and again, the sports meritocracy is proven to be a myth. Why it matters: In theory, sports are an escape. In reality, they are a mirror — often perpetuating the most unjust aspects of society. "We tend to think of…
bubmag
March 20, 2021