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Consuming Merit, Gatekeeping, and Reproducing Wealth

Posted on August 10, 2009

The op-ed excerpted below, “America’s Best Colleges: Merit by the Numbers,” by Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier and Columbia Law Professor Susan Sturm, appeared in the August 5, 2009, edition of Forbes. It eloquently examines the role played and not played by universities in educating young people to promote the system-justifying illusion of merit. […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Distribution, Education, Illusions, Public Policy | 1 Comment »

Firefighters and the Situation of “Merit”

Posted on July 16, 2009

The following excerpted op-ed, “Trial by Firefighters,” co-written by Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier and Columbia Law Professor Susan Sturm, was published in the July 11, 2009, edition of The New York Times. They are also the co-authors of “Who’s Qualified: A New Democracy Forum on the Future of Affirmative Action” (Beacon Press, 2001). * […]

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Situationally Idle: Is Summer Vacation too Long for Kids?

Posted on June 16, 2009

A pediatrician blogging on Daily Kos challenges the merits of 12-week-long summer vacation for kids.  We excerpt his piece below. * * * For some kids, summer vacation will mean a dizzying array of chores and sports, camps and sitters. For others, vacation means sitting camped out in front of a television ten hours a […]

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The Situational Effects of a Black President

Posted on June 8, 2009

Last week for Diverse Online, Angela Dodson, wrote an excellent review of conflicting studies regarding the so-called “Obama Effect” — the increase in standardized test scores of Blacks owing to the election of Barack Obama.  Here are some excerpts. * * * Could merely knowing that a Black man has been elected president of the […]

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The Interior Situation of Intergenerational Poverty

Posted on April 5, 2009

From The Economist, here are some excerpts of a summary of research exploring the interior situation of how poverty is passed from one generation to the next. * * * That the children of the poor underachieve in later life, and thus remain poor themselves, is one of the enduring problems of society. . . […]

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Stereotype Lift – The Obama Effect

Posted on January 24, 2009

From Sam Dillon’s article, titled “Study Sees an Obama Effect as Lifting Black Test-Takers,” in yesterday’s New York Times. * * * . . . [R]esearchers have documented what they call an Obama effect, showing that a performance gap between African-Americans and whites on a 20-question test administered before Mr. Obama’s nomination all but disappeared […]

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