Americans' widespread belief that they live in a meritocracy where anyone can get ahead actually makes inequality even worse, particularly in terms of gender.
Social class plays a huge role in people's experiences of accessing and succeeding in higher education.
Toby Young’s comments on meritocracy, and 'progressive eugenics' are shocking, but the history of its long association is far more disturbing.
The notion of an society organised on merit has held Britain in its sway for decades.
It's a nice idea: a society where people are judged on merit alone. But it remains a fiction.
Research shows that the way meritocracy is discussed can actually curtail opportunities for social mobility.
Inequality for those left behind is a necessary byproduct of rewarding those who excel.