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Posted on July 4, 2012 at 1:15 AM

 


     Whether or not a person comes from a highly esteemed family should not determine whether he or she is held in high regard; the amount of knowledge should determine the level of credability. It is unfair that just for having been born into a wealthy or poor family means that you must stay as you were born your whole life. Everyone has the ability to change how their life is going and improve it to the way they desire.


 

     On interent chat rooms for sharing coding hints and tips, the most knowledgable participant is rewarded with being a moderator, able to help others to become more knowledgable. In competitions, the most talented competitor will recieve the highest level of awards. The individual with the most talent and knowledge will, in the end, be rewarded with the greatest benefits.


 

     French revelutionary general, Napolian Bonapart, made it known that there were jobs for the talented people in his day. There are still jobs for the talented in this day and age, there are even more than there were in Napolian's time.  Napolian also said that "The tools are for those who know how to use them", which means those who have the skills will be given the oppourtunity to use those skills.


 

     Many teachers believe in meritocracy, friendships with principals and the student's parents' social position should have no affect on a test score. The only deciding factor if the student passes a test should be his or her amount of correct answers. Henryk Sienkiewicz asserts "Evidently the merit depends on the result of the work." Indeed, great results equal great rewards, as it should be.


 

     The group of people who oppose meritocracy believe thusly: If someone strives all of their life and doesn't reach the top they will feel as though they have failed and that they are stupid. In a class system, lower people use exscuses like "I'm not the King's heir, I couldn't have done any better." But in thinking correctly, a person does not have to feel he or she is a failure, when they know they they have given something their all, and honestly could have done no better.


 

 

 

“We live in a system that espouses merit, equality, and a level playing field, but exalts those with wealth, power, and celebrity, however gained.”

― Derrick Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth


 

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

― H.L. Mencken


This is another essay written for CLEP English Comp. practice! Feedback is  welcome!

-Isabella

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