Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever

by Walter Kirn
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Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn

A New York Times Notable Book
A Daily Beast Best Book of the Year
A Huffington Post Best Book of the Year

From elementary school on, Walter Kirn knew how to stay at the top of his class: He clapped erasers, memorized answer keys, and parroted his teachers’ pet theories. But when he launched himself eastward to an Ivy League university, Kirn discovered that the temple of higher learning he had expected was instead just another arena for more gamesmanship, snobbery, and social climbing. In this whip-smart memoir of kissing-up, cramming, and competition, Lost in the Meritocracy reckons the costs of an educational system where the point is simply to keep accumulating points and never to look back—or within. 
 

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ISBN-13: 9780307279453
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 417,744
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Walter Kirn is a regular reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, and his work appears in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Time, New York, GQ and Esquire. He is the author of six previous works of fiction: My Hard Bargain: Stories, She Needed Me, Thumbsucker, Up in the Air, Mission to America and The Unbinding. Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasby Foundation. He lives in Livingston, Montana.

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Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
maria_reads More than 1 year ago
I can't totally sympathize with Mr. Kirn, but he does an excellent job of conveying the incomplete nature of standardized tests, which is more important then ever, considering what our children in public school are now subjected to. Mr. Kirn thought he had a way to outsmart the system, but it left him with a gaping sense of emptiness. How much worse is it for intelligent kids who do poorly on this kind of test, and thus believe themselves to be stupid?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tiresome and tedious. If you enjoy narcissists, you might like this sort of book. Completely incapable of empathy. I did finish it, hoping it would get better, but was left without a greater understanding of people or life or anything. Just a sick trip into someone's deranged mind. I felt like I needed to eat something healthy and go get some exercise. Yech.
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