Thanks Herb. I totally agree with you about the areas where credentials matter, where the paper signifies experience and thus expertise. That’s why the first sentence is: “There are many instances where a credential — like a certificate, a license, or a degree — is essential. Nobody wants a knee surgeon who learned the craft by watching YouTube videos.”
What I’m railing against is someone who gets an MFA degree to make it as a painter or a screenwriter. I probably don’t need to give counterexamples of success, because just about every person who succeeds in those fields has done the work, not waited for an MFA.
And what I’m so disappointed in is the scarcity-based model of traditional education, which uses a hierarchy that’s based on the status quo to decide who gets a shot at the credential in the first place.
Your work is your resume. That work is even easier to see than ever before…