Meritocracy is not just for academics

Meritocracy is attacked for being elitist and racist (“School Is For Merit,” The New York Times, Sept. 1).  That’s because the U.S. finds differentiation in education anathema. 

But the reality is that not everyone is college material.  Our competitors abroad have long accepted that fact.  As a result, they grant vocational education the same respect accorded strictly academic curriculums.

I believe that everyone is good at something.  The job is to identify what that is and then nurture it.  Rigor, sacrifice and vigilance apply to vocational subjects as much as they do to others.

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