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Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

Matt Bryant Silver badge

Re: Day Re: WHAT are you talking about?

"....1. "Competitiveness and self reliance can be valuable traits and we shouldn’t necessarily disadvantage those that have them, like what’s been done in education"...." I suspect he is complaining about the "participation medal" mentality in US education, which does not prepare those that fail for the consequences or lack of desired results for not performing as well as others. IMHO, encouraging kids by saying "Hey, you didn't win this time, but you made a good effort, lets see why you didn't make the grade so we can improve your performance next time" is good, but simply saying "Hey, you failed, but have a prize anyway" is not going to help kids realise the real World is not egalitarian, it is very much results-based (even with affirmative action).

I also suspect the writer's first language is not English, which would be extra amusing as it would mean one case of affirmative action moaning about another!

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