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The system is rigged and The Idea of a meritocracy has turned out to be a “myth”

President Donald Trump was right; the system is rigged. Dozens of parents are spending in some cases between $200,000 and $6,5 million US to ensure their children could gain entry into some of America`s most competitive colleges.

More than 50 wealthy individuals were charged this week in purportedly the largest college admission scam ever in th U.S. The scam reveals the depths parents will allegedly go so their kids can have an upper hand and tout first-class higher education credentials.

Critics of the U.S college admissions system say it also exposes a rigged playing field for admissions and who gets left behind, according to Cbc.

The Justice Department said wealthy parents paid a consulting firm to falsify athletic credentials with Photoshopped pictures of their children playing competitive sports they never played.

They also paid for arrangements to have SAT test-takers pose as their children, fabricate medical conditions to allow their children extra time to take tests, and bribe administrators of college entrance exams to look the other way when it came to their children`s cheating.

The $25-million scheme «drives home the reality that the education system is stacked in favour of the rich. The Idea of a meritocracy has turned out to be a «myth,» with the SAT acting as a form of «affirmative action for rich white kids,» author Joseph Soares said.

I`m not shocked at all, The West have lost its greatness long time ago and this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can imagine how it is if your soccer team have low-skilled players. You will lose every battle. So is it for a country.

You will end up with bad politicians, weak business leaders and fake news. If the kids learn to cheat at the school it will be worse in real life. Nothing is worse than a rotten elite. Just take a look at the real life among the elite Trump is trying to fix now. Manaford is the latest but I guess it will be more.

Trump has done a lot of thing to make America great again and this is the latest case. Trump who is a business man. Not a politician. The same can be said about president Macron. He started his own political party in the middle because people in France was sick and tired of the establishment.

The establishment is France didnt even follow their own constitution. They probably didnt learn it at their elite school. How is it possible? Look at the situation with the Yellow Vest protesters in France. This has been going on not only for years but decades.

Meritocracy is an Academic discipline from Ancient Greek. Philosophers tried to build a system and a great democracy but look at it today. They are not following the rules.

Meritocracy is a political philosophy that holds that certain things, such as economic goods or power, should be vested in individuals on the basis of talent, effort, and achievement, rather than factors such as sexuality, race, gender, age, or wealth.

Advancement in such a system is based on performance, as measured through examination or demonstrated achievement. The Meritocracy is the society in which the gifted, the smart, the energetic, the ambitious and the ruthless are carefully sifted out and helped towards their destined position of dominance.

In the United States, the assassination of President James A. Garfield in 1881 prompted the replacement of the American Spoils System with a meritocracy. In 1883, the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was passed, stipulating government jobs should be awarded on the basis of merit through competitive exams, rather than ties to politicians ar political affiliation.

The concept has existed for centuries but the term «meritocracy» is relatively new. The earliest example of an administrative meritocracy, based on civil service examinations, dates back to Ancient China.

The concept originates, at least by the sixth century BC, when it was advocated by the Chinese philosopher Confucius, who «invented the notion that those who govern should do so because of merit, not of inherited status.

Ass the Qin and Han dynasties developed a meritocratic system in order to maintain power over a large, sprawling empire, it became necessary for the government to maintain a complex network of officials.

Prospective officials could come from a rural background and government positions were not restricted to the nobility. Rank was determined by merit, through the civil service examinations, and education became the key for social mobility.

One of the oldest examples of a merit-based civil service system existed in the imperial bureaucracy of China. Tracing back to 200 B.C, the Han Dynasty adopted Confucianism as the basis of its political philosophy and structure, which included the revolutionary idea of replacing nobility of blood with one virtue and honesty, and thereby calling for administrative appointments to be based solely on merits.

This system allowed anyone who passed an examination to become a government officer, a position that would bring wealth and honor to the whole family. In part due to Chinese influence, the first European civil service did not originate in Europe, but rather in India by the British-run East India Company.

Company managers hired and promoted employees based on competitive examinations in order to prevent corruption and favoritism.

Both Plato and Aristotle advocated meritocracy. Plato in his «The Republic,» arguing that the wisest should rule, and hence the rulers should be philosopher kings.

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The Education Revolution is here

Tesla`s CEO Elon Musk is a father of five. He started a school for his own children. Enrollment stands for 14 right now and will increase to about 20 in September. It is an educational revolution going on.

Have a listen to the interview below. Elon Mush said in the interview that he hated going to school when he was a kid. It was torture, he told his interviewer on Chinese TV.

 

 

On January 1st, 2015, John Moravec sent out a document with the title: «Manifesto 15». «We are at a time in history that is ripe for worldwide rethinking of, and rapid change in, education.» He said that the current system of education is a dinosaur, and must change and is already changing.

Buckminister Fuller wrote: «You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.»

The National Education Association made a broader attempt to foster educational excellence with its Seven Cardinal Principles of Secondary Education in 1918. These were;

1. Health
2. Command of fundamental processes (reading and writing – oral and written expression – and arithmetic
3. Worthy home membership (fostering strong family bonds)
4. Vocation
5. citizenship
6. Worthy use of leisure time (to teach that it should enrich one`s life, not hinder it)
7. Ethical character

This is 97 years ago, and the big test came through the Great Depression. Many of the school programs in the U.S saw severe cuts, and the U.S school system experienced many shifts over the next decades.

A progressive reform known as Open Education started in the 1960`s and 1970`s. The idea was that the students should learn «their own way». In 1983, a report was titled; «A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.»

The Encyclopedia of Education described how the report “found a ‘rising tide of mediocrity’ that threatened the nation’s future.” It felt that the nation “had engaged in unthinking, unilateral educational disarmament.”

Previous President in the U.S, George H.W. Bush tried to change the source of American education in 1989. He set a number of ambitious goals to be accomplished by 2000. Some of the goals was to increase the high school graduation rate to at least 90%, that U.S pupils would lead the world in science and mathematics, and that all schools would be free from violence and drugs.

By the early 21st century, desperation birthed the largest attempt yet by the federal government to overhaul education: the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). George W. Bush said if a public school did not perform well on designed tests, it risked losing some of its federal funding, but over a decade later, the desired results have not materialized.

No matter what they do, America has never been able to achieve widespread, lasting success. It`s time for an education revolution.

Educators all over the world face the problem of keeping up with the times. Rapidly changing technology introduces a towering question educators must ask: «Will the knowledge we are teaching now be obsolete in five years?»

The European commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou said: «Today`s young people are the most educated in the whole of European history and yet they find it hard to get steady work after graduation in spite of the two million unfilled vacancies across Europe.»

“Education can provide some answers. The crisis has revealed serious weaknesses in Europe’s educational systems. Indeed, it has sharpened what we expect from our education systems.
“Our goal is to make graduates more deployable, foster entrepreneurship and stimulate innovation. By combining entrepreneurship education and interaction with business, students can develop the practical skills, knowledge and attitudes that allow them to innovate…There is a lot at stake. Today, more than ever, it is education that can deliver social progress.

When we invest in education, we commit ourselves to the development of our citizens and the future welfare of our society.
“The health of a society depends on the quality of the education it imparts to its citizens.”
Consider: Europe has essentially achieved the UN goal of “Universal Primary Education.” Despite this success, it still grapples with failures in its school systems. Something more is obviously missing.

If you saw the interview above, you probably heard that Elon Mush said if you want to teach children how engines work, you wouldn`t want to first teach them all about wrenches and screwdrivers.

You would show them the engine, and ask how they would take it apart. Then a very important thing happens, which is that the relevance of the tools becomes apparent, he told the Chinese interviewer.

Musk said that his children love going to school now. So much that they really think vacations is too long.

That`s exactly how it should be.

 


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