Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Education vs. Credentialism

“Let us confess: The real object of education is the diploma. I never hesitate to declare that the diploma is the deadly enemy of culture. As diplomas have become more important in our lives (and their importance has done nothing but grow as a result of economic conditions), the less has education had any real effect.  ... The aim of education being no longer the development of the mind but the acquisition of the diploma, the required minimum becomes the goal of study.”

—Paul Valéry

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Sad but too true. And sadder still is that we are confined to assurance of "quality" as meeting the minimum standards, and even that is questioned as a "barrier" to the purpose of getting the diploma into the hands of as many people as possible.