[ExI] If I were President...

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 28 01:21:33 UTC 2016

Adrian, what I meant was that the bullet points you put on the left margin
could have been numbers so that they would be more easily referred to.
 bill w

On Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 8:09 PM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 4:17 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>> This is an extremely well-thought-out list Adrian, all of it good.
> Thanks.  Is this a list you might run for Congress on?  (Whoever becomes
> President will just about need allies like that, set up years before the
> presidential run.)
>> Are there alternatives to gaining credentials than the traditional
>> college degree?  I think Adrian would be the first to agree there damn well
>> should be, for some talented people don’t take the usual path.
> Less "should be" than "are already".  That said, the traditional degree -
> or a vocational school equivalent - makes a handy standard, which you need
> for any coordinated government approach to this sort of thing.  Lose that
> (like some people are suggesting jettisoning Common Core) and don't replace
> it with anything else, and the government can't do much.  (Despite any
> positive-libertarian sentiment that may bring, this is usually in the bad
> sense: things tend to get worse.)
>> There should be alternate tickets into mainstream tech companies besides
>> the usual engineering degree.  There should be things like the GRE one can
>> take for credentials but not be required to have a bachelor’s degree to
>> have it count as an actual credential.
> Experience doing the job tends to be the only accepted alternate
> credential.  That's not the government's fault.
>> We should not rely on the name of the university we attended and the GPA
>> as a credential, but rather our actual mastery of relevant materials.
> Unfortunately, "actual mastery" is not itself a credential, and never will
> be.  A credential is a way of proving you probably have actual mastery.
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