If you get the chance to listen to this, I would recommend it. Malcolm Gladwell explores the huge obstacles placed in the way of higher intelligent American children – it really supports the ‘myth of meritocracy’ thesis:
Carlos Doesn’t Remember
By Malcolm Gladwell / Panoply
Of the tens of thousands of talented, low-income students who graduate from high school every year in the United States, most never make it to universities appropriate to their gifts. America leaves an enormous amount of talent on the table every year. “Carlos Doesn’t Remember” explains why.