The Tyranny of the Meritocracy

The Tyranny of the Meritocracy

Democratizing Higher Education in America

eBook - 2015
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"Standing on the foundations of America's promise of equal opportunity, our universities purport to "serve as engines of social mobility" and "practitioners of democracy." But as acclaimed scholar and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier argues, the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of these institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies. Having studied and taught at schools such as Harvard University, Yale Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guinier has spent years examining the experiences of ethnic minorities at the nation's top institutions of higher education, and here she lays bare the practices that impede the stated missions of these schools. Guinier argues for reformation, not only of the very premises of admissions practices but of the shape of higher education itself, and she offers many examples of new collaborative initiatives that prepare students for engaged citizenship in our increasingly multicultural society"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780807006283
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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May 05, 2015

I've never been impressed with Guinier, and this book certainly reinforces it, beginning with the title! Merit based system??? Is she on drugs? Anyone with difficulty understanding that the American educational system is a Capitalist-based educational system, meaning restricted access from the very beginning on, must be the product of an Ivy League full-on indoctrination program! Frustrating that such passes for education today? [And what she writes about applies to everyone, regardless of race, creed or color! There's this weird fantasy among people in America, that when young people show promise, regardless of how poor they may be, suddenly a mysterious // community \\ appears to aid their career or something fanciful like that?!? The movie, Good Will Hunting, is far closer to the reality.]


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