[ExI] big rip in education

Dave Sill sparge at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 16:57:52 UTC 2019

On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 11:26 AM Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mar 7, 2019, at 7:28 AM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think independent skills testing/certification is the future.
> It might be, but it’s generally cheaper for employers now to simply go for
> the person with the degree. The cost of signaling tends to fall on society
> at large and the signaler rather than the signalee. That kind of drives the
> process. (Or such is my understanding here.)

 I'm not suggesting employers will pay for candidates to be tested, I think
they'll require applicants to have the certification. This is already de
rigueur for hiring project managers, who almost always have to have their

This a win for employers, in general, because attaining a particular degree
doesn't ensure that potential employees have the skills they need to do the
job. It's a win for employees, in general, because they can obtain a
certification much faster and more inexpensively than they can obtain a
degree. Of course lots of professionals (doctors, lawyers, engineers, for
example) already require certification, but those professions are
tightly-controlled by professional organizations that aren't interested in
making it easier to attain those certifications so they have additional
degree requirements on top of the certification testing.

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