The scandals of meritocracy

Why more merit might not be what elite education needs


In the last year, elite college admissions have been touched by three different but related scandals. The newest one is also the most entertaining because it includes pretend water polo players, staged standardised tests and outright bribery, all to help desperate rich people and TV stars buy their progeny into a top-flight school.

The other scandals are less amusing, involving dilemmas of race and meritocracy with no celebrity leaven.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'The scandals of meritocracy'. Subscribe