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    correcting for

    Quote from a Harvard open course:
    Michael Sandel: Kate, does it bother you, and Mike, does it bother you, that in a meritocratic system, even with fair equality of opportunity, people get ahead, people get rewards that they don't deserve, simply because they happen to be naturally gifted? What about that?
    Kate: Umm, I think that it is arbitrary, umm, and obvious, obviously it's arbitrary, but I think that there, that correcting for it would be detrimental. Umm, and unlike...
    Michael Sandel: Because it would reduce incentives, is that why?
    Kate: It would reduce incentives.
    Michael Sandel: Mike, what do you say?
    Mike: That we're all sitting in this room and we have undeserved, we, undeserved glory of some sort that you should not be satisfied with the, the process of your life because you have not created any of this. And I think from a standpoint of not just this room, us being upset, from a societal standpoint, we should have some kind of, ah, a gut reaction to that feeling. That, you know, the guy who runs the race, he doesn't, he actually harms us as opposed to maybe makes me run that last ten yards faster, and that makes the guy behind me run ten yards faster, and the guy behind him ten yards faster.
    My questions are:
    1.Can I use "correcting it" instead of " correcting for it" here?
    2.Is the expression "us being upset" grammatical in the sentence?
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    Re: correcting for

    1. No. Kate means "correcting for it", ie. compensating for the more gifted being better rewarded. Search for "correcting for" and you'll get a lot of examples.
    2. Yes it is. "From the standpoint of us being upset, shouldn't we do something about it?" You could also write, "our being upset".

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    Re: correcting for

    I am not a teacher.

    Kate doesn't sound very sure about what she thinks, but correcting for it would be detrimental and would amount to handicapping the gifted.

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    Re: correcting for

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Kate doesn't sound very sure about what she thinks, but correcting for it would be detrimental and would amount to handicapping the gifted.
    I think what kate worries is that correcting for it would reduce incentives.

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    Re: correcting for

    The minute you start "correcting for it" it ceases to be a meritocracy. So, yeah, it would be a problem for incentives.

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    Re: correcting for

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The minute you start "correcting for it" it ceases to be a meritocracy. So, yeah, it would be a problem for incentives.
    So you need to find the right balance, while "correcting for it", still leaves the enough incentives to the talents, taxation is one way of "correcting for it".

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