Should admission to college be decided by lottery, not points?

It’s not every day you get to talk to a “rock star philosopher”! I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Michael Sandel about his latest book The Tyranny of Merit:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/why-admission-to-college-should-be-decided-by-lottery-not-points-1.4334075

The same issue is explored further with Carl Cullinane, head of research and policy at the UK Sutton Trust, Dr Peter Stone at Trinity College Dublin and Shane Bergin at UCD, in the context of the Leaving Cert:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/the-leaving-cert-is-not-fair-why-not-just-replace-it-with-a-lottery-1.4489707

Patrick Pearse, whose 1912 essay The Murder Machine addressed the topic of educating Irish schoolchildren. Statue on the grounds of St Enda’s, Rathfarnham, Dublin.

An earlier interview with Peter Stone on the same topic (without the paywall) can be found here:

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/unthinkable-should-college-places-be-awarded-by-lottery-1.2364922

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