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ERIC Number: ED053645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-1
Pages: 9
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Credentialism in Our Ignorant Society.
Marien, Michael
All societies have procedures for selecting who will occupy important positions. The use of credentials characterizes our system of social selection, and our worship of them has created the following problems: an artificial demand for education, artificial restraints to learning, the overlooking of obsolescence, generational inversion (wherein the young have an advantage over the old), artificial social classes, and the myth of the well educated nation. There are 3 basic alternatives which appear more desirable than the present system: create a genuine meritocracy that would ensure that credentials reflect abilities of all persons, at all times, and in all places; abandon the use of credentials and evaluate actual job performance; or combine the first 2 alternatives so that persons could be judged according to a wide range of accomplishments and attributes. The federal government could hasten adoption of 1 of these alternatives by considering outside regulation of social selection as well as internal reforms. (JS)
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Note: Paper prepared for the Educational Staff Seminar on Alternatives in Post Secondary Education, Syracuse University Research Corporation, New York, April 30-May 1, 1971