OT: Degrees as barriers to entry [was Re: - E04 - Leadership! Google, Guido van Rossum, PSF]

Aahz aahz at pythoncraft.com
Thu Jan 12 00:34:07 EST 2006

In article <mailman.314.1136970085.27775.python-list at python.org>,
Steve Holden  <steve at holdenweb.com> wrote:
>The major problem with professional bodies is precisely their lack of
>insistence on a practical demonstration of capability. "Paper MCSEs",
>for example, frequently make bad Windows system administrators because
>their education has been geared to the acquisition not of practical
>skills but of the qualification itself. The medical profession acquits
>itself reasonably because it does still require a good amount of
>doctoring before qualification. Why are the lawyer jokes not doctor

While it may not have the same intensity or duration as medical
internship, lawyers are typically required to serve an internship before
being permitted to go into independent practice.
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