links for 2010-07-21

  • "Part of the problem with meritocracy is that it homogenizes in the name of diversity: It skims the cream from every race and class and population puts all of the best and brightest through the same educational conveyor belt, and comes out with a ruling class that’s cosmetically diverse but intellectually conformist and that tends to huddle together rather than spreading out to enrich the country as a whole. "

  • In most contexts, we're used to seeing diminishing marginal returns – on investment of money or time. This post suggests that in a networked learning environment, learning may accelerate with time.

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