Educating and credentialing

So: if I were to create a situation in which education were possible, what might that be like? In Dark Age Ahead Jane Jacobs makes the distinction between educating and credentialing. She explores the drift over half a century or more from the understanding that credentials were a recognition of education, to education being seen as no more than a means of gaining credentials. It is hard to work out what one should call such education, for ‘education’ with its implication of intellectual growth would seem to be the wrong word. ‘Sequestration’ again comes to mind. A symbolic imprisonment for a symbolic number of years that is notarised in a credential, as long as the fees have been fully paid. Well, why not? An efficient method of generating an income stream for an institution. But not education. So what, then, might create a situation in which education might be possible?

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