“What’s a Fair Start” Article Review

“What’s a Fair Start” Article Review.

What’s a Fair Start?

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What’s a Fair Start?

Task 1

The graph is drawn to represent the question of effects of economic distribution to enrolment of students in the top 106 schools in America. It indicates that although the system is largely based on merit, the criterion is still unfair. According to the graph, the top quartile in terms of economic level represent above 70 percent of students in top schools, while the bottom quartile represents a percentage close to zero (Harvard University 2009). It is a representation of the impact of availability of resources in families on the rate of success.

Task 2

Meritocracy refers to a system where individuals are rewarded based on merit. In a meritocratic system, an athlete, for instance, who wins first position receives a better reward than the one in the second position, and the athlete in the second position receives a better reward than the one who finishes third. Yet the system of meritocracy does not consider that some individuals are naturally gifted in their specified area of merit (Harvard University 2009).

Task 3

Claim one: the divide that has been deepening in the recent decade is partly due to inequality and partly due to an exalted attitude of winning which has been claimed to solely depend on the individual’s choices and efforts (Sandel, 2020).

Claim two: A principle that seems attractive has been established to posit that in a country such as the United States, everyone has been given an equal opportunity and, therefore, the winners deserve their rewards (Sandel, 2020).

Clam three: Meritocracy is corrosive to the common good (Sandel, 2020).

Question: I wonder what needs to be done to ensure that inequality is addressed from all fronts in such a way that disadvantages are completely eliminated to create a fair start and equal opportunities.

Task 4

Do all workers feel that the measure of their wages is proportional to their contribution to the common good in their society?

I would interview all kinds of workers from physicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, assistant nurses, garbage collectors to cleaners. I would request them to elaborate their feelings about their wages and how they feel about their contribution to the common good. I would also ask them whether they feel they should be compensated more depending on the amount of work they perform on weekly basis.


Harvard University. (Sep 9, 2009). Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do? Episode 08: “WHATS A FAIR START?”

Michael Sandel, (Sep 15, 2020). The tyranny of merit. TED Talk.

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