Politics also provides many opportunities for fixing the game and providing an unfair advantage to those that are politically connected, sometimes with disastrous results. When Michael Brown was appointed the director of FEMA, his premier qualifications were he was the college roommate of the former FEMA director and a political party insider. Brown presided over the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history and was woefully unprepared. This time, the fix may have cost some people their lives.
Rankism erodes solidarity, degrades the common good, and destroys creativity, innovation and excellence.Rankism will die eventually - it must.
Nations and cultures that stop Rankism will begin to out-compete everyone else and will force other cultures to change to stay competitive. It will take the participation of everyone to solve the problems we and future generations are facing. We will not be able to afford to deny the best minds entrance to the best colleges based on poverty, race, pedigree, gender or religion.
In the process of moving toward a necessary meritocracy, we will give many more people a chance to matter, to be "Somebody." This critical paradigm shift could provide the intellectual energy and moral compass necessary to surmount the challenges that now confront us. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org