This is dangerous because the elites forget that their family background, together with luck and other factors play a huge role in bringing them to the position that they are in today. These elites become a set of specialized experts to whom key decisions are made through them (Hayes, 2012). Is it true that if social disparities and unequal rewards did not exist, those with capabilities and expertise will have no incentive to give to the society? One would think that that is a question that needs to be addressed by the elites
Many perspectives of ethical theory do not take this mix into consideration and state that morals are either completely subjective or objective. One of the biggest strength of the virtue ethics arguments is the fact that it allows for morals to be both objective and subjective. Aristotle spent a lot of time thinking about virtue ethics and observing the traits that he valued in others. Through this he saw common traits that he admired in everyone from which he derived four traits he determined to be absolutes: courage, loyalty, generosity, and honesty (Rachels 176). Yet he still recognized that many other
Introduction Singapore is widely regarded by the global community as a developed nation. As a city-state with no natural resources and humble beginnings as a small fishing village, it may seem nothing short of a miracle that Singapore is where it is today, as these circumstances have not stopped Singapore from achieving high economic growth, boasting one of the world’s highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. These accomplishments can be accounted to several key milestones in Singapore’s past that have influenced the country’s policy-making decisions, such as the introduction of free trade in Singapore, as well as principles of governance left from its colonial days under the British. Free Trade in Singapore One of the most important
After all, people who cannot afford to go to college should not go to college, just like someone who wants an expensive car and can’t afford one should not buy one. On the other side, the question could be looked at another point of view. To use an analogy, consider if a person should seek treatment for a disease.
THESIS: As a product of society’s “equal” meritocracy, we must find a scale for our actions by comparing our successes and failures to others, creating status anxiety, resulting in our idea of success being relative to our peer’s success. We base our own self worth and value too much on the outside influences and how others view us. We can no longer look in the mirror and see ourselves as we are, we unconsciously compare ourselves to what is “perfect” is based on ideals from our friends, family, and the media. We are constantly being presented with the image of perfection and the steps and rules needed to achieve it. Success has become relative.
Furthermore if that person were to attend his/her dream college; he would be at a stage where all individuals were equal to him/her academically. In the case of highly competitive colleges, where all attendees were in the top percentile of their school, suddenly being plunged into a situation where he/she is no longer the special one can be quite daunting. People tend to attend colleges with like-minded individuals and are thus bound to match in academic skill. Thus some individuals are hypothetically big fish coming from a little pond to discover that they are now small fish in a big pond. Researcher Herbert W. Marsh claimed that students who were more talented than the group in academic situations tended to do better than gifted students who were in a class with other gifted students.
In a meritocratic world there is racial containment for the purpose of preserving the merit based rewards. Meritocracy takes away the microphone to those who are inherently not equal; leaving them to always be behind in a race that isn’t fair to them. To understand why meritocracy has been presumed a myth it’s important to understand meritocracy wouldn’t work out if there wasn’t
According to this ideology, you get out of the system what you put into it, so regardless of class or background if the student works hard they will be successful, equal opportunity for all. Marxism does not believe that true meritocracy occurs within the educational system. (Kennedy and Power, 2010) Bowles and Gintis (1976) argue the notion and existence of meritocracy. As there is inequality in a capitalist society, this is reflected in the educational system. According to Bowles and Gintis (1976) the main factor in determining someone’s success and income is not to their ability but a result of their background and class.
The school I choose to teach at would be a privileged school .I would choose a privileged school because I have been thought in a “middle class” school .My school was mostly an academic based school without much interclass competition .The school I have been thought in had similar qualities of a privileged and underprivileged school .My school in particular didn’t have a lot of technological equipment to teach lessons , but whatever they had they made full use of .My schools surroundings was not as good as a privileged school and was similar but not as bad as an underprivileged school. People should be against underprivileged schools because those schools do not have many resources and the educators are much unmotivated into doing their jobs.