“The university’s ‘hidden curriculum’ … has always been teaching its own importance.” — Anya Kamenetz
This is a cynical statement that you could make for almost any trade or profession that engages in education or training, and accepts payment from laypeople:
A lawyer wants you to think that the solution to all legal problems involve lawyers. (“Well, that’s actually a very complex question.”)
A doctor wants you to think that the solution to all medical problems require a visit. “If this happens again, call me.”
An exception: Plumbers don’t care: if you try to fix it yourself, they make WAY more. Perhaps I just stink at plumbing . . .
Any service company wants you to think that their offerings are important to you. “Is your computer protected?”
What I’d really like to see is a “hidden curriculum” promoting Science Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. I’d suggest that universities actually need to be more vocal about promoting these fields.
Yes, you could apply this statement to any profession. However, education does not see itself as being like every other profession.
The rule of thumb is: If they wear a robe for official work, they see themselves as different.
Examples: Judges, academics, priests.
Which professions do see themselves as being like every other profession? I propose we dub these “the unique professions”.
John, I couldn’t agree more with that quote. It often goes along with that whole, “people who are more educated make more money, so become more educated and you will make more money!” In a world full of experts and supervisors, no one actually works! We need to focus on training our youth, TRAINING them for the future. Do we need philosophers, artists, politicians, etc? Sure! But remember, the world needs ditch-diggers, too. We also need to properly invest in our future.
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