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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The end of meritocracy, tersely stated

Well, one way of ending it is to simply stop understanding why universities would even want to recruit top students:
Oklahoma has plenty of company, among both public and private universities, in giving scholarships to large numbers of students based on National Merit status. Texas A&M University, the University of Southern California and Washington University in St. Louis all do the same. Some top public schools halted the practice in recent years, though many of them still reward academic credentials.
Universities rewarding academic credentials - what a world! Another way to end it is to produce students who have no idea whether their educations are in principle defensible, only that they personally had a nice time getting them:
“The criticism of something like the Honors College might be valid, I don’t know, but it’s the only way I could have had this kind of experience.”

2 comments:

Anthea said...

Sort of makes one wonder why one should bother even trying to work hard trying to do well in university. Perhaps the only reason to attend one is to have a good social life?

Miss Self-Important said...

As long as you keep it egalitarian, sure. No distinctions of merit in that either.