The rise of credentialism has had many depressive effects on economic development, social norms and family formation. However, instead of recognizing the problems with credentializing everything, all too many folks are doubling down and working to drag credentials into even more places they shouldn’t be. Like institutional food prep and composting.
Do we who care about sustainability really want to financially support a system where people have to go to community college to be taught composting and kosher fishstick preparation? I love how the article wraps up with a halfhearted lunge at sensibleness by mentioning that you could do this sort of thing without thousands of dollars of government grants and educational loans, but then you know, you won’t be “upgrayeddin ur skillz”.
This is absurd. It’s not like we haven’t overprofessionalized other entire sectors of society, like, I dunno, health care with its myriads of paper-pushing, credentialed employees who are not doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, health aides or medical assistants. Or education. Or, or maybe we could stop obsessing about how to make everything into an excuse to promote college for all and just focus on getting people out there without the puffery of needing to shell out for a credential. We don’t all need to go to college to gain middle class incomes and lifestyles if we stop playing this silly game.