On 10/24/07, Xeno Campanoli <xcampanoli / gmail.com> wrote:
> John Joyce wrote:
> > The real reason certifications are weak is because they tend to only
> > test encyclopedic knowledge.
>
> There is another reason that is more soft and perhaps much more
> important.  Certification is made to encyclopedically register one as a
> professional commodity for large profittaking enterprises, most of the
> likes of which are better organized as public utilities with extensive
> public oversight rather than as private enterprises.  If we had real
> free market the drive would be toward a more rich professional community
> that knew itself more extensively rather than just registering people as
> items in databases and playing lotto with their lives.  Real free market
> does work if you don't short-circuit it with corporate oligarchy like we
> have in the U.S.  I think the Engineering community could use more small
> private concerns, and let the M$ and the Sun Corps become public
> utilities with mandatory and well subsidized public oversight.  Of
> course that will work better if you get everyone to stop making cars and
> start working for only 20/hours a week in their day jobs.

Wow!!