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Of gatekeepers and validation

Posted on: August 19, 2020

One of my favourite YouTubers is Johnny Harris. He is behind the series of videos for Vox called Borders, and has his own channel.

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In a recent video, he shared his journey of becoming a video creator even though he did not have a professional degree in the field. According to his Vox profile, he has a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

He picked up his current skills based on interest and need. His message to others who had similar outlooks was this: You do not need a gatekeeper to validate you.

With the exception of professional degrees like medicine, law, or architecture, most other jobs where work is non-routine in nature require people who can think and adapt.

Old gatekeepers in the form of university requirements and human resource policies are becoming less relevant. We can often become what the work requires us to be. This is not a new phenomenon; it is simply more obvious today.

Bby obvious I mean that it is clearer to some than it is to others. On the wrong side of the divide are administrators and employers. On the progressive side are learners and new workers who wish to validate themselves. But the question remains: Are we teaching our kids to think and operate like that?

1 Response to "
Of gatekeepers and validation"

Amran Noordin: More importantly, who is teaching our teachers (which includes parents) this?



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