How meritocracy harms everyone — even the winners

Vox | Oct 21, 2019 at 12:30 PM
  • The belief that we live in a meritocracy is one of our oldest and most persistent illusions.
  • Look, one way to think about this is that if you take a longer historical view, meritocracy in its deeper origins came to the English-speaking world around 1833.
  • The trick is to get many, many more kids from non-rich families into not just the Ivy League, but elite private universities, elite private high schools, and elite private elementary schools, and to do it in a way that does not require excluding any currently rich kids, so that the schools themselves become genuine avenues of opportunity again.