The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. ... In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Credentialism

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Source: Wiki

Form of economic discrimination disguised as opportunity.

Fascinating article:

College is a promise the economy does not keep
Has college become less about education and more about purchasing credentials for flawed job market?
14 May 2014, by Sarah Kendzior

Quote:

People go to college because not going to college carries a penalty. College is a purchased loyalty oath to an imagined employer. College shows you are serious enough about your life to risk ruining it early on. College is a promise the economy does not keep - but not going to college promises you will struggle to survive.

In an entrenched meritocracy, those who cannot purchase credentials are not only ineligible for most middle-class jobs, but are informed that their plight is the result of poor "choices". This ignores that the "choice" of college usually requires walking the road of financial ruin to get the reward - a reward of employment that, in this economy, is illusory.

Credentialism is economic discrimination disguised as opportunity. Over the past 40 years, professions that never required a college degree began demanding it.

2 comments :

FredT said...

Exactly, and this has been going on for the last 30 years. Governments and education facilities are overselling the demand for trained people in the fields they offer training, but nobody offers training in old philosophy's, which we could all use, but would make people hard to control. We might go do something or become Cynics.

Stan (Heretic) said...

I agree!

See also Epucurus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicurus

Doing nothing (to help the establishment) may actually be the most effective way towards self-empowerment! We used to live like that in the Eastern Block.

Stan (Heretic)

"Nothing is more practical than philosophy!" - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.