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Higher Education Watch
A Step Toward Meritocracy
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  • Jim__L

    Yet another reason the Supreme Court has forfeited the respect and trust of America.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    By allowing a favored class of people to have an advantage in college admissions, the Supreme Court violated the “Equal Rights” Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Andrew Allison

    Whilst the Ivy League Old Boys network clearly perpetuates a form of segregation, wouldn’t it only exacerbate income equality if Ivy Leaguers were paid more for the same job than an otherwise equally-qualified graduate of a common-or-garden school?

  • Gabriel Lipkowitz

    As an undergraduate studying at Princeton, I disagree with the author’s evaluation that it is “unjustifiable” for an Ivy League student to have a leg up in gaining positions at these companies. While there are always some exceptions, most students who are selected to attend Ivy League schools have to work extremely hard in high school, earning top grades and test scores, and in college, where the workload is very demanding (I would know). Furthermore, they are likely paying a tremendous amount of money to receive their education. How is it “unjustifiable” if students are punished for their hard work?

    • f1b0nacc1

      They work hard everywhere, the notion that only in the Ivy League is that work truly virtuous (or adequate) is a superb example of the sort of blind arrogance that we are talking about.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Perhaps Goldman Sachs will either spawn or underwrite the entrepreneur who sells valid evaluations of prospective employees to employers—-bypassing the emphasis on degrees altogether, let alone the names of the institutions granting today’s degrees. I always maintain that this is coming—–in a likely surprise from a start-up in the private sector.

    • Jim__L

      Already on it. =)

      By the way, Goldman Sachs couldn’t evaluate qualified techies if their lives depended on it.

      • FriendlyGoat

        But GS would know how to capitalize on the start-up when it finds a techie entrepreneur who can. This really is sort of a short hop from what temp agencies and traditional employment agencies already do. I’m kinda surprised in a way that it hasn’t already happened because of the cost and culture of the college chase. Measure knowledge, sell measurement, establish credibility, devalue degrees and institution brands. How can this possibly NOT happen?

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