Why It’s Time to Let Go of ‘Meritocracy’

Doug Belshaw, Oct 11, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Building an education system around ‘meritocracy’ as it is commonly used post-Thatcher may be a function of those in power being so privileged that they are not in a position to see their own privilege," writes Doug Belshaw. "Those who have never witnessed people having to work three jobs to keep their family afloat may not understand why parents can’t do more to coach their children through an entrance examination." I hear this. I managed to keep my grades up while working my way through university, but I wonder what sort of networking opportunities I lost while working at 7-Eleven Friday nights and Saturday nights.

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