“Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”


Badges? Certification? Can these replace college?

Or is this a false binary?

The problem, I think, is that we no longer know what “college” means and end up conflating differing entitites.

Or, maybe we simply have conflicting ideas of “college.”

One vision of “college” centers on a Deweyesque vision of education as concerning the person. Another sees sees education simply as a benefit to an employer. The former sees education as a necessary aspect of citizenship in a democracy. The latter sees it as the gathering of economically valuable skills.

What strikes me about the second of these is the calculated move behind it, of responsibility for training being transferred from the workplace to the classroom. In the past, aside from specialized vocational education and post-graduate education, American education has been governed by an Enlightenment ideal of education as a civic responsibility, not economic value. Today, we are moving to a point…

View original post 659 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s