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The Resource The tyranny of the meritocracy : democratizing higher education in America, Lani Guinier

The tyranny of the meritocracy : democratizing higher education in America, Lani Guinier

Label
The tyranny of the meritocracy : democratizing higher education in America
Title
The tyranny of the meritocracy
Title remainder
democratizing higher education in America
Statement of responsibility
Lani Guinier
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A fresh and bold argument for revamping our standards of "merit" and a clear blueprint for creating collaborative education models that strengthen our democracy rather than privileging individual elites. Standing on the foundations of America's promise of equal opportunity, our universities purport to serve as engines of social mobility and practitioners of democracy. But as acclaimed scholar and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier argues, the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of these institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies. Having studied and taught at schools such as Harvard University, Yale Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guinier has spent years examining the experiences of ethnic minorities and of women at the nation's top institutions of higher education, and here she lays bare the practices that impede the stated missions of these schools. Goaded on by a contemporary culture that establishes value through ranking and sorting, universities assess applicants using the vocabulary of private, highly individualized merit. As a result of private merit standards and ever-increasing tuitions, our colleges and universities increasingly are failing in their mission to provide educational opportunity and to prepare students for productive and engaged citizenship. To reclaim higher education as a cornerstone of democracy, Guinier argues that institutions of higher learning must focus on admitting and educating a class of students who will be critical thinkers, active citizens, and publicly spirited leaders. Guinier presents a plan for considering "democratic merit," a system that measures the success of higher education not by the personal qualities of the students who enter but by the work and service performed by the graduates who leave. Guinier goes on to offer vivid examples of communities that have developed effective learning strategies based not on an individual's "merit" but on the collaborative strength of a group, learning and working together, supporting members, and evolving into powerful collectives. Examples are taken from across the country and include a wide range of approaches, each innovative and effective. Guinier argues for reformation, not only of the very premises of admissions practices but of the shape of higher education itself. From the Hardcover edition
Cataloging source
RECBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Guinier, Lani
Index
index present
LC call number
LA227.4
LC item number
.G85 2015eb
Literary form
unknown
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Democracy and education
  • Multicultural education
  • Discrimination in higher education
  • Minorities
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • Democracy and education
  • Discrimination in higher education
  • Education, Higher
  • Education, Higher
  • Minorities
  • Multicultural education
  • United States
Label
The tyranny of the meritocracy : democratizing higher education in America, Lani Guinier
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Adonises with a pimple -- Aptitude or achievement? -- From testocratic merit to democratic merit -- Taking down fences at university park campus school -- No longer lonely at the top: the posse foundation -- Democratic merit in the classroom: Eric Mazu and Uri Treisman -- Six ways of looking democratic merit -- Democratic merit in a twenty-first-century world
Control code
883256524
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 160 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807006283
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
LIBRARY COPY INCLUDES 1-USER PERPETUAL ACCESS TO EBOOK
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
be09143d-34af-4b7f-9554-9ddb7f0656f1
Publisher number
EB00180319
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)883256524
Label
The tyranny of the meritocracy : democratizing higher education in America, Lani Guinier
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Adonises with a pimple -- Aptitude or achievement? -- From testocratic merit to democratic merit -- Taking down fences at university park campus school -- No longer lonely at the top: the posse foundation -- Democratic merit in the classroom: Eric Mazu and Uri Treisman -- Six ways of looking democratic merit -- Democratic merit in a twenty-first-century world
Control code
883256524
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 160 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780807006283
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
LIBRARY COPY INCLUDES 1-USER PERPETUAL ACCESS TO EBOOK
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
be09143d-34af-4b7f-9554-9ddb7f0656f1
Publisher number
EB00180319
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)883256524

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