Why does one need a license or certificate to teach? Do bureaucrats think that students are too stupid to choose among available teachers? Or do they really think that the credentialing process automatically creates competency? It seems to me that neither of these statements is true. That this would only be the case in some sort of make believe, comic book world. What would be the harm in letting anyone teach who desires to do so? As long as students are paying specifically for each class and remuneration to teachers was tied do these payments, certainly the worst teachers wouldn’t last beyond a single semester. And what would the result of these type of system be? Teacher scarcity would be mitigated, education prices would fall and quality would improve. Perhaps it is the case that the “education prices would fall” part of this equation is a problem for the status quo.
Of course, that isn’t how it works in the real world. In the real world, teachers have unions and tenure. State credentialing and aggressive education requirements limit the supply of teachers. Funny thing is non-credentialed teaching occurs in the United States all the time. I personally am uncredentialed and unlicensed but have taught many classes at my place of employment. I have also taught classes at local clubs. The same bureaucrats and control freaks who insist that teachers must be credentialed haven’t said a word about this that I’m aware of. True, this is outside of their control, but surely they would at least publicly voice a concern over this travesty. Could this be yet another sign that their concern is with the “education prices would fall” thing I mentioned before?
Put simply, education is a cartel and nothing good comes from cartels. In fact, not only is it a cartel, but it is a state and federally sponsored and funded cartel. The thing about cartels is they don’t die easily, especially when most people are convinced the whole structure is necessary. There is only hope of solving this problem. Education (and many other institutions) is fundamentally changing, driven by technology. As the price of traditional education keeps going up, the opportunity to undermine the system grows. Entrepreneurs see the opportunity and they will solve it. If you’re part of that traditional system, I hope you’re ready for it.