Oh brother. The reporter and editors give away their affinities in the text quoted below. And yet, no detailed discussion on this “Communist meritocracy” of which education is but the hallmark. Does it exist? Did it ever? Is it even possible? History answers, “No.” The NY Times still clings to the mythology.
But critics say China’s state-run education system — promoted as the hallmark of Communist meritocracy — is being overrun by bribery and cronyism. Such corruption has broadened the gulf between the haves and have-nots as Chinese families see their hopes for the future sold to the highest bidder.