Meritocracy and equality are incompatible

Equality is today’s mantra.  Yet it is a meaningless term unless it is properly defined.  Unfortunately, that is not the case, particularly when it applies to  education (“Meritocracy isn’t always by the numbers,” New York Daily News, June 17).

No matter how much money is spent on trying to provide equal outcomes in education, it is an impossible task. Even if we can somehow engineer equal opportunities for all, that is no assurance of desired outcomes. That’s because students differ widely in their capabilities.  Some are smarter than others, and some work harder than others.

We can persist in denying the reality that life is unfair, but in the final analysis little will change.

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