The War on Stupid People

David H. Freedman, The Atlantic, Jun 21, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Good argument against the idea of the 'meritocracy'. As argued, "We must stop glorifying intelligence and treating our society as a playground for the smart minority. We should instead begin shaping our economy, our schools, even our culture with an eye to the abilities and needs of the majority, and to the full range of human capacity." I'm not sure a thing such as intelligence exists per se. Insofar as it does exist I don't regard it as some sort of inherent property but rather far more influenced by the circumstances of one's life and upbringing; and even if it were inherent, I see it as no more grounds for elitism than any other accidental quality of birth.

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