Degrees with Expiry Dates LO6260
Wed, 27 Mar 1996 17:30:20 -0500

Replying to LO6237 --

Should degrees have an expiration date? Steven Wright says that he
doesn't worry about when he'll die. He already knows when it will happen
because his birth certificate has an expiration date on it.

I don't know about expiration dates, but I've thought that schools ought
to give out recall notices. "Class of 1983, you'll have to return for
classes in physics. It has come to our attention that the professor
teaching that course was still teaching about the Newtonian universe to
the exclusion of all newer models." Or anyway, it would read something
like that -- sort of the "Your engine could explode on impact" messages
we've learned about from the auto industry.

Howard Gardner claims that, for all our education, we'll largely cling to
the 5 year-old mind. Perhaps we do need to be recalled, once education
begins preparing folks for the 21st century rather than recapping the

Ron Davison (, video producer of "A Change in Thinking:
Systems Thinking, Learning & Intellectual Capital," and San Diego resident.

Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <> -or- <>