Educators hate the word “merit.” It messes with their messianic belief in their omnipotence.


6 thoughts on “Merit”

    1. Your colleagues aren’t considered about the kids. Now that they have tenure, they don’t want to be judged against their fellow professors.


    2. We like to think we are omnipotent but there is absolutely nothing we can do against nature, upbringing, environment, parents, and more nature. I don’t know why that’s such a fraught idea.


  1. It seems pretty clear that some students are smarter than others, but there is a LOT of noise in this measurement. Some students only appear less smart until the situation somehow demands an increase in demonstrated intelligence. That said, I am extremely skeptical of the importance of the popular concept of emotional intelligence.


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