alexis nexus

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

gunning down meritocracy in academia

a short and sweet discussion topic.

merit is broadly used to justify policy and action in academia: shall a student be allowed to study? shall a teach be permitted to teach? shall a school receive funding? shall racial and economic representation be affirmatively enacted? etc.

let me offer as an alternative notion the idea that education ought exist not to reward the most meritorious, but to provide any student access to education, and to provide a society with an educated populace.

to be clear; i am not suggesting that meritocratic methods can not be implemented within an educational framework, but that access to education at all levels be open. if one granted my assertion, how would education and the academy change?