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* Do not use contractions in this course. Contractions will be counted as grammatical errors.

Clear and professional writing is expected.

Correct = “Do not”, “will not” etc…

Incorrect = “Don’t”, won’t”, etc…

.5 deduction for every 3 grammatical errors.

*All reading assignments are located in the “Course Schedule” in the Syllabus. I will submit book pages over. Here are the other reading assignments to answer these questions:The United States Is Not a Meritocracy, (Atkins, David). Immigrant Children in U. S. Schools (Swerdlow, Joel K.) Links posted below: if you have trouble let me know

SWK 3375 Ch 4 article- Meritocracy- Adkins. David.docx

Immigrant Children in U.S. Schools.pdf

Week 4

After completing the


(3) reading assignments, address the following questions:


Meritocracy: An elite group of people whose progress is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or wealth. 2. A system in which such persons are rewarded and advanced. (Webster Dictionary)


The US is a meritocracy of equal individuals.

Part I



Do you feel this statement is true or false? Provide an example that will support and explain your position


(.50 pts.)

Part II


Although half of the 1400 students that attended J.E.B Stuart High School were born in 70 countries; they are now attending an American school.


Do you feel that the people that have immigrated to the U.S. should have the same opportunities as those born in the U.S.?

(.50 pts)


How do you think “meritocracy” could possibly affect the students attending J.E.B. Stuart High School? Explain your answer


(.50 pts.)



Assimilation: The social integration or adoption of a group’s values, norms, and folkways by another group. (

Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences, 2011).



Address the evidence of “Assimilation” in this story by the students and/or their families.

Provide at least


examples. Provide the

page number and section number

from which the examples were selected.


.25 x 2 = .5 pt.)



Bias: An oblique line or direction. 2. Prejudice; warp; oblique; unbalanced.

Biased feelings stem from personal opinions, assumptions and misinformation that ultimately can lead to stereotyping and discrimination.

Discrimination is a subject that affects multiple people in multiple situations.

Part III.

After reading the Five Gender Issues that are consistently reported at work sites, (pg. 50), briefly share any personal experiences that you have had or have witnessed regarding these issues. Think about how the concept of “meritocracy” can be linked to each!


How did you address the experience, and do you wish you would have addressed the situation differently, and if so how?

(.5 pts.)

If you have not had a personal experience or have not witnessed this type of situation you are to select 1 or more of the Five Gender Issues that stood out to you to comment on. You are to provide feedback or give your well thought opinion regarding your topic selection.

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