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Friday, July 11, 2014

The "State Licensing" Scam is Exposed by Khan Academy

I saw this on Gary North's site, and I think he is right.  The Education Establishment will be the last bastion of the Progressive Era to fall, and the signs are already here:

"For over a century, there has been a mass illusion that has been fostered by beneficiaries of tax money. This money has gone to teachers and educators. This illusion is as follows: state certification necessary to be a good teacher.

This illusion has been basic to the creation of the teachers' union. It is this commitment to what is laughingly known as professionalism that has been the basis of legal barriers to entry. Progressive educators fostered this illusion early in the 20th century. They created a theory of education out of whole cloth, except this whole cloth was tattered cloth. There was never any scientific or any other kind of evidence that indicated that going through a teacher-training program designed by men and women on college faculties would in any way improve the education of children.

This is a classic case of people who had little or no personal experience in teaching school children, who sat down and designed a series of theories about what it takes to teach children. The theories kept changing. There were always rival theories. But they all had this in common: most of the people teaching these theories in university classrooms had never had personal experience or success in teaching school children.

This is the classic example of how universities work. People who teach in MBA programs have never owned businesses. People who teach psychology have never worked as full-time psychologists. Professors get themselves licensed by their own group, few of whom have had any experience in the free market, where profit and loss determine who survives and who fails. Then, having created a state-mandated barrier to entry, they earn above-market wages paid by taxpayers. This starts at the university level, and then it moves down to the very lowest levels of the educational system.

It is all a farce."

Salman Khan has singlehandedly shown that the establishment opinion, the approved opinion, the opinion that you're supposed to have - is wrong.  Khan has no teaching credentials.  He never took one of those idiotic state exams that certifies you as a 'qualified' public school teacher.  Yet, he has 10 million students.  This in your face dismantling and refutation of the educational process spells the end of the system.  I'm guessing it will be within 10 years that what we see today will be unrecognizable.  It is already starting.  You can see it here:


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