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What I'm Reading: The Ditchdigger's Daughters

I’m reading Yvonne S. Thornton’s The Ditchdigger’s Daughters: A Black Family’s Astonishing Success Story. Thornton will be our speaker at New Jersey City University’s Convocation on October 5, so I turned to her story to see how I could use it to prepare my students for the event. 359 more words

Nepotism vs Meritocracy

Nepotism is something which is very much in news nowadays. What exactly is nepotism and why people consider it as something bad. Nepotism is nothing but favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to merit. 264 more words

Taclott Parsons' Perspective on Education

The American sociologist Talcott Parsons (1961) outlined what is commonly accepted as the Functionalist view of education as it relates to modern societies in the late 1950s. 658 more words

Sociology

Study: Poor Kids Who Believe in Meritocracy Suffer - The Atlantic

Recognizing the vast economic and racial inequalities his students faced, he chose what some might consider a radical approach for his writing and social-studies classes, weaving in concepts such as racism, classism, oppression, and prejudice.

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Politics

The Simulacrum of Meritocracy

The Trigger

A few weeks ago, I was teaching ‘Managing Change’ at a premier business school in India – a batch of fifty odd young consultants from one of the big 5 global consulting firms, to my shock and dismay indulged in rampant cheating, colluding, and copying from each other in every assessment process – be it classroom quizzes or individual assignments. 1,392 more words

On Leadership And Management

The Australian universities with the worst employment outcomes

The universities that are the hardest to get into may not be delivering the best experience or employment outcomes for their students, new research shows. 9 more words

Debt

Don't Erase Regulations Made After Financial Crisis

Going backward by reducing regulation of the financial industry will not help citizens.

The calls for deregulation come from greedy businessmen who put their interest and personal profit ahead of what’s best for the citizens of our country. 57 more words

Corporate Malfeasance