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Mr. Mustache, another librarian blog

I am a reference librarian with experience in both the public and state government fields. I am doing this on a whim, sort of like the mustache I grew when I was 19 and still have in my 50's.

Location: New Jersey, United States

I am a state worker and a librarian.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

America is not a meritocracy

Ever since I was a kid I believed that America was a meritocracy. It didn't matter who you were, where you came from, how much money you had. America was the one place where only ability and your intelligence and hard work mattered. Now I have read that America is not, a meritocracy.

I know this now from the place in America where all truth ementates. That's right, from the Wall Street Journal. The September 9 issue had a
huge article based on a book by Daniel Golden on how people like Walter Cronkite's son and Jane Curtin's daughter got into Brown only because they were children of celebrities and not because of their SAT scores or their grades. Their parents were not even alumni of Brown!

Brown did this because they thought they could get legacies from the rich Daddy's. America is not a meritocracy. I wonder if things like this ever happen with hard to obtain library jobs? And until yesterday I thought America was a meritocracy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did you get your first job in a library? Did someone pull strings perhaps?

11:50 AM  
Blogger Mister Mustache said...

Yes. A family friend was on the Board of a public library in new Jersey and I got a CETA job as an assistant library clerk

5:57 PM  
Blogger The Squeaky Cyclist said...

Cool, I started in a CETA job too, but I'm still in the same place, same job, 'cept they made it a regular position.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Librarian 2 said...

Republicans goofed up and didn't fight access to higher ed. for the working class. They figured it out now so even if the working class get to college there will be huge debts keeping them down. Fundamentalist Charter schools and school choice are other ways. THEN there won't be competition from smart working class kids anymore.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make a great point, MrMustache.
So many people who want to go to college but are working class are just opting not to or it takes them 5 or more years to complete a degree. Meritocracy we are no longer....

3:26 PM  
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