Students' "cognitive maps" in relation to their awareness of social justice issues, sense of agency, and social actions can be organized into the following four categories of performative identities: the Meritocrat
, the Benevolent Benefactor, the Resigned, and the Activist Ally.
The new meritocrats
introduced aptitude testing as a way to broaden opportunity away from the old boys network of inherited and narrowly defined privilege; the proponents of affirmative action advocate broadening opportunity even further to include those people of color and women whom aptitude testing still leaves out.
I was raised by staunch meritocrats
in a thoroughly secular home where Religion was considered not so much an opiate of the masses as a relic of the primitive past.
If you drink the best wine, eat at the best restaurants, drive the best car, clothe yourself at the best tailors and designers, and stay at the best hotels, you need to work on Wall Street--which is exactly where many of the cleverest meritocrats
headed in the 1980s.
A central feature of this system was the replacement of the local rule of aristocratic elements by a class of official meritocrats
, empowered by the central government and selected by competitive examination.
The new meritocrats
who direct our government, economy, and national discourse are being disparaged at Tea Party meetings and blogs by the people whom they govern.
But now they are trying to prove they can succeed as meritocrats
So far she is almost unique among frontline politicians in daring to mouth it but behind the scenes there are many meritocrats
who find the concept alluring.
What it surely will not do is end the fight between the meritocrats
and the inclusivists; in America that fight is almost as old as the Republic, and it will continue.
On the contrary, it can be viewed as a successful intrusion into the informal honours system by competitive business and professional meritocrats
This has been a cause of this magazine for more than forty years, one that other journalists and writers have been slow to share--the meritocrats
seem to have treated Vietnam as a permanent excuse for not serving in the military.
From Hunter to Harvard to Goldman Sachs, the meritocrats
proceed through life convinced that they owe their rise exclusively to their own efforts.