May 1, 2007

On Marilee Jones, resume-padding, and credentialism

Kevin Carey, meet Margaret Soltan. I'll buy the coffees if you'll have an entertaining discussion, okay?

(I should've included the following in the entry originally...)

Carey and Soltan have very different, very interesting slices on the Marilee Jones firing (for her lying about her education to get the MIT Admissions Dean's job many years ago). Carey sees it as evidence of the problems with credentialism. Soltan see such an excuse (though she was criticizing Barbara Ehrenreich's essay, not Carey) as muddy thinking about the purpose of higher education.

To me, the issue in the firing of Jones is fundamentally about trustworthiness. If someone lies to get a job, regardless of past performance, how can one put critical tasks in her or his hand in the future? Kevin Carey would like to believe that Jones's performance wipes out that error. I suspect Carey would not go to a "doctor" who was recently exposed as a fraud, though thousands of patients were happy with her or him. (This type of case occasionally appears.) 

Update: In a new twist, the Boston Globe revealed that Marilee Jones did have a degree, just not from any of the places she mentioned to MIT: an undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.

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Posted in Education policy on May 1, 2007 7:20 PM |