Certification, accreditation and merit

The following is an excerpt from AAPS newsletter November 2012 found at AAPSonline.org.

This essay from an ebook entitled Bad Education http://tinyurl.com/8qlmk7y relates to the history and fallacy of accreditation. In 605AD, the Chinese emperor Yang Guang established the world’s first meritocracy, based on a new system of imperial examinations. Test prep academies proliferated. As the number of degree holders increased, exams were made more difficult. A man crazed by failure on the test gathered an army that began the bloody Taiping Rebellion.

The authors suggest that “systems of accreditation do not assess merit; merit is a fiction created by systems of accreditation.”