Thirty years ago The Atlantic's James Fallow chronicled cultural changes in American history that have led to the diploma being the sole proxy for talent. Fallows argues that this has caused less social competition, an inflexible economy, and lower performance standards. The cultural changes Fallow outlines included the "conversion of jobs into 'professions,' the scientific measurement of intelligence, and the use of government power to 'channel' people toward certain occupations." Fallow contends that if credentialing requires tests of specific skills as opposed to seat time, then "[s]ocial competition would be more open, the economy would be flexible, and standards of performance would be higher."
The Timeless Question of How We Measure Talent
Mar 23, 2015