Diploma Mills (The Matrix Dictionary)
Toronto man 'angry' after learning his $8,100 master's degree that required no exams or academic work is fake - Marketplace investigation reveals Kings Lake University and others are phoney schools selling fake degrees.
Such are the headlines in an article in CBC News By Trevor Dunn, Sep 14, 2017.
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Trevor Dunn writes:
Erwin Sniedzins doesn't trust traditional universities.
So when the Toronto business management consultant found one offering a master's degree requiring no studying, exams, or academic work — for just $8,100 — Sniedzins thought it was a school sharing his unconventional approach to education.
"I don't necessarily like to pay $30,000 to get a master's when I feel I already have the knowledge," Sniedzins said in an interview with CBC Toronto.
Sniedzins said the degree issued by Kings Lake University, which he found by searching the internet, is based on his previous life experience and professional accomplishments.
Sniedzins is president and CEO of Mount Knowledge, an educational software company. In his LinkedIn profile, he is described as an "Artificial Intelligence Gamification Patent Inventor, Key Note Speaker, Professor, Author."
Sniedzins also has political aspirations. He ran for mayor in 2014, in a race won by John Tory, and received 104 votes.
The article is bit of a paradox since Erwin Sniedzins´s anger not so much is due to that the degree is fake, but more because he is openly a supporter of anti-intellectualism (see the Matrix Dictionary entry: Anti-intellectualism and Anti-science).
Sniedzins repeatedly told CBC Toronto that he never suspected a degree based on life experience that required no academic work, studying or exams could be fake as it was in line with his approach to education.
"I thought that was great. They should actually have universities that do that," he said.
So his anger is due to that people don´t accept this.
When I read this I just thought: Wauw! Erwin Sniedzins is a kind of type I have met many times in my work as a paranormal investigator. Unfortunately I´m afraid that “universities that do that” is the future.
What is for example the Quantum Univesity? The website says:
Quantum University is the world’s largest institution of higher learning to provide online degrees and certification programs in holistic, alternative, natural, and integrative medicine based on the science of quantum physics.
Students can earn bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and PhD degrees leading to professional board certifications. We are proud to be at the forefront of online learning technologies, including iPad Education, an innovative learning management platform, inspiring online video courses, and engaging teaching materials.
World-class educators and leaders have come together to create a new innovative curriculum and model of education that incorporates the key concepts of quantum physics. This scientific language explains many alternative healing modalities and fields of ancient and modern medical studies.
The presence of these kinds of Diploma Mills are enormous, and so is the amount of people on the internet presenting themselves with such kinds of degrees.
A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is a company or organization that claims to be a higher education institution but which offers illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. These degrees may claim to give credit for relevant life experience, but should not be confused with legitimate prior learning assessment programs. They may also claim to evaluate work history or require submission of a thesis or dissertation for evaluation to give an appearance of authenticity. Diploma mills are frequently supported by accreditation mills, set up for the purpose of providing an appearance of authenticity.
Diploma Mills are extremely widely used within the New Age and self-help environment, which is special characterized by the practitioners´ lack of education.
If Erwin Sniedzins had taken a true degree he would probably have had to take a course in philosophy of science. The demarcation between science and pseudoscience has philosophical and scientific implications. Differentiating science from pseudoscience has practical implications in the case of health care, expert testimony, environmental policies, and science education. Distinguishing scientific facts and theories from pseudoscientific beliefs, such as those found in astrology, alchemy, medical quackery, occult beliefs, and creation science combined with scientific concepts, is part of science education and scientific literacy (read more in The Matrix Dictionary entry Bridge between Science and Spirituality).
Just take this example on death caused by practitioner with bogus diploma:
Quackwatch: Your Guide to Quackery, Health Fraud, and Intelligent Decisions.
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