Blog prompt 9/13

Both of these readings address questions of value, measurement, and assessment. They suggest that, as a society, we should measure what is important to us. Please answer one of the following.

  1. What does Guinier mean by “the tyranny of meritocracy”? Why is meritocracy problematic and what does this have to do with standardized testing?
  2. Based on the readings we have done so far (please cite specific examples), how should we evaluate the success of colleges and universities? What should we be measuring (best value, contributions to society, lifetime earnings of undergraduates, etc.)?

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