A Perfect Meritocracy

They waited for the results. The Inspector had evaluated each child’s achievement and determined their future.

Malcolm shivered. He never thought it would come to this. Marcus reached out and took his hand.

The boys were so mismatched that no one understood why they were friends. Marcus had no difficulty reproducing Lessons, but Mal had been Lowered repeatedly in every subject. This was his last chance to prove Mastery.

The screen lit up.

Marcus 10/10 Continue

Malcom 6/10 Discarded

It was an efficient system. The worthy would continue into the fifth week of second grade.

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