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Telling Fish to Climb Trees: Standardized Testing and its Flaws

“Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.

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Is a Meritocracy a viable form of government?

I have been interested in various forms of government for  more than fifty years at least. Populism’s various forms such as democracy or more realistically representative democracy has always been high on the list. 341 more words

Science Fiction

Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results

While in graduate school in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I took a logic course from David Griffeath. The class was fun. Griffeath brought a playfulness and openness to problems. 1,118 more words

The Impossibility of Meritocracy

In Paul Willis’s 1970s classic Learning to Labor: How Working Class Kids Get Working Class Jobs, he ends with a series of recommendations, one of which is that as a society we must learn to “ 1,002 more words


One Hundred Years On

This year is the centenary of the first time women got the vote. It wasn’t all women, and it wasn’t all that simple. Women had to be over 30, and a member, or married to a member of the Local Government Register; or a property owner, or a graduate voting in a university constituency (Cambridge University, whilst admitting women, did now allow them to receive degrees until 1948; they had to go to Trinity College Dublin to collect degrees). 1,379 more words


‘The Lady’s Not for Turning’: Political U-turns and why they matter

On 10 October 1980, Margaret Thatcher would delivered a speech that would change the way we think about political decision-making for the foreseeable future. Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, she uttered the words: ‘You turn if you want to. 630 more words


Let’s Talk About Meritocracy

Our present social atmosphere dictates that if you’re born poor, you’re almost certainly going to stay poor. Conversely, if you’re born in an affluent family, you’ll likely be well-off throughout your life. 2,698 more words