Learning and the Arrogance of Academics

We say that learning can happen anywhere at any time.

But we educators build systems that require certification.

That is, you haven’t officially learned until someone certifies you.

You haven’t officially been schooled until an association accredits you.

You haven’t officially been educated until a certified and accredited organization degrees you.

We say that learning can happen anywhere at any time, but the arrogance of academics causes us to work within systems that focus on certification, schooling, and education.

Certification, schooling, and education are three distinct experiences that may or may not have anything to do with learning.