Replacing meritocracy with mediocrity

Leftists obsess over inequality. They believe government can re-jigger society to create uniformity of results. But in the real world we are all “created equal” in Creator-given rights, but not in abilities. Equality in a natural or acquired skill or talent between individuals is not possible; nor is it desirable.

In another rebuttal to this progressive utopian theme George Leef of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in Raleigh, North Carolina reviewed a new book by former Clinton nominee for assistant attorney general, Lani Guinier. In 1993 she was a loser in this quest for access to government, but now threatens society from the Harvard Law School.

There she preaches that our meritocratic system of sorting out individual abilities is not democratic. According to her, we should do away with testing as a determinate to predict success in college. Leef notes that although testing is not a perfect assessment, it is an indicator of how a student will be able to handle college-level courses.

But Lanier goes way beyond criticizing the purpose of testing to compare intellectual abilities. She claims test scores are used to determine a person’s worth. Leef debunks that “jaded argument” in the link below.

The proven traditions of our society are constantly under attack from the left. One of their basic goals is to transform the common sense merit system of individual advancement based on ability or achievement to one that will result in mediocrity—ordinary or inferior in quality.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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