RE: Certification (was: Re: Hostility Towards Whatever)

Subject: RE: Certification (was: Re: Hostility Towards Whatever)
From: "Jennifer Rondeau" <jrondeau -at- fabtrol -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 09:17:10 -0600

Seems to me that at least part of the medical profession was included in
Robert's original post, in his remark about surgeons and
certification/licensing/professionalization. John's point that these are
not completely synonymous terms begs the question of the relationship
between them, which historically has been very close -- and at least in
this country was first and most effectively promoted by the medical
profession, beginning in the 19th century.

The passion for "professionalization" seems to afflict an increasing
number of jobs and work types. While it may bring certain benefits,
Robert offers a most compelling, if extreme, example of its destructive
side. Part of the original appeal for me of both technical writing and
software development was the possibility of doing work that was about
getting the job done (and done right), rather than about credentializing
first. Just goes to show how naive I was . . .

sadder but wiser,

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