The big test the secret history of the american meritocracy nicholas lemann on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the widely acclaimed study of whats gone wrong in american higher education what do we know about the history. The big test jump to navigation jump to search the big test the secret history of the american meritocracy is a 1999 history book by nicholas lemann isbn 0 374 52751 2 see also college . Start by marking the big test the secret history of the american meritocracy as want to read of the books great strengths is the way he weaves together different peoples stories to craft a broad and meaningful history not only is the big test a great piece of writing it raises important issues . This history recounts the development of intelligence testing and its early purpose as a way to unseat the quasi hereditary white male elite that had run the united states until the end of world war ii us citizens have come to believe that the system of standardized tests is the only possible embodiment of the principle of a us meritocracy. Of course not best of all if after reading an e book you buy a paper version of the big test the secret history of the american meritocracy read the book on paper it is quite a powerful experience
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