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The Fall of the Meritocracy

A 1958 dystopian novel by a British sociologist contains eerie parallels to our present dysfunction and the crisis coming to a head. Lord Michael Young of Dartington (1915-2002), in 1949. (Photo by Charles Hewitt/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Covid-19 pandemic is so complex, so vast in scale, that I doubt…
bubmag
February 22, 2022
Meritocracy

A Political Philosopher Is Hopeful About the Democrats

What is the matter with the Democrats? On one level, the answer is simple. Voters with college degrees are increasingly siding with the Party, while those without are moving toward the Republicans, and there are more people in the second category than the first: about two in five voters in…
bubmag
December 17, 2021
Meritocracy

Our meritocratic educational system serves us well

A meritocracy is a social system in which individual advancement is based on personal capabilities and efforts and not on family wealth or social position. Ireland is a meritocracy – as are all European Union countries. The main engine of meritocracy is the educational system where everybody gets equal access…
bubmag
December 16, 2021
Meritocracy

12MP could be better, say analysts

PETALING JAYA: The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) tabled in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday lacks innovation to take economic development to the next level, said Universiti Tun Abdul Razak economist Dr Barjoyai Bardai. In expressing disappointment, Barjoyai said there is no real innovation that could propel the nation forward. “It’s quite…
bubmag
September 28, 2021
Meritocracy

Ian and the Limits of Rationality

Setting: Chesterfield High, an unusual school in the suburbs of Ohio. The teacher writes on the board: 2, 3, 5, 7, ... How, he asks, do we complete this pattern? Now a student might say that the next term is 12. When the teacher asks him why, he says, “I…
bubmag
September 22, 2021
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