When Life Only Prizes Achievement

Daniel Markovits graduated from a public school in Austin, Texas in the summer of 1987. From there he headed northeast to attend Yale, and then picked up a string of degrees as he spent 15 years of his life studying at the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford, Harvard, and, last but not least, Yale Law School.

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Today, I teach at Yale Law, where my students unnervingly resemble my younger self: They are, overwhelmingly, products of professional parents and high-class universities. I pass on to them the advantages that my own teachers bestowed on me. They, and I, owe our prosperity and our caste to meritocracy.

It’s all thanks to meritocracy that he was able to go where he is at now. However, meritocracy is also something that makes everyone miserable, as it only values achievement above all else.

Check out more of this over at The Atlantic.

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