April 30, 1989
Interestingly, in "Standing Up to Japan" (March 12), James Fallows does not dwell on Japan but rather devotes most of his essay to attacking the American realization of a meritocracy. Furthermore, he argues that unless the trend toward stratification is reversed, it will be one cause of our society's economic decline. He laments the evidence of his thesis in the observance that "the best and the brightest" are flocking to the law and medicine. Certainly, it is unfortunate that the sciences, teaching and manufacture have taken a back seat to the more glamorous professions, but this is not a result of a highly efficient meritocracy.
September 1, 2008
Re "Admitted but broke," Opinion, Aug. 24 The cost of college is staggering. However, the price range is broad. Zoe Mendelson worries that her middle-class friends cannot afford the pricier colleges. Affording only inexpensive institutions, according to Mendelson, "undermines the meritocracy that we claim as a nation." The truth is that her friends could learn just as much and likely would receive equivalent or, depending on their majors, better educations at less-expensive schools.
July 22, 2012
Re "Thinkers or test takers?," Editorial, July 17 I am a recently retired high school social studies teacher. My students were required to do one research paper and one multimedia presentation each semester. I found that students learned more about areas of interest than they would have normally. After No Child Left Behind was enacted in 2002, I lost three to four weeks each year to drilling students on test questions. My evaluations centered on test scores, not actual student learning.
January 31, 2010
Re: "Plan is raising banks' anxiety," Jan. 27: Manny Korman of Buckingham Research Group can't be serious when he says that large investment banks "are meritocracy-oriented organizations that like to have a free hand to make their own fortunes." The concept of meritocracy flew out the window when the Big Boys ran their companies into the ground, giving the federal government the choice of using our money to bail them out or allowing the entire U.S. economy to go into free fall.
May 5, 1991 |
Federal cutbacks in student aid, attacks on affirmative-action programs and the failure to adequately fund inner-city schools are all indicative of the Bush Administration's refusal to ensure equal access to higher education. Such policies serve to legitimize the perception of many white students that African-American, Chicano or Latino students have not really "earned" the right to participate in higher education.
October 24, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he probably would. Sandberg's husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, told her later that night that the men did her a favor with their honesty.