Lani Guinier: “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy” – November 4, 2015

In “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy,” Harvard Law School professor and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier critiques university merit systems that privilege the elite and offers a blueprint for nurturing student potential that promises to better serve the challenges of a twenty-first century world. Drawing on current case studies, as well as her many years observing the experiences of minority and female students at the universities where she has taught, Guinier charts how current views of merit often lead to narrower learning experiences, suppress leadership potential, and discourage the collaborative approaches that have repeatedly proven the best way to solve problems, from the classroom to the professional and political spheres.


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