Ann Torrence wrote:4 somewhat disjointed thoughts
2) Maybe there's a two part PEP: using the college model of a breadth and a depth component. Belts in 20 topics, mid range belts in 5, upper range belts in 4, black belt in 1. Black belting is going to require a mentor at the level of skill people are talking about in their threads. It's a lot to ask someone to mentor a learner through a topic to black belt status that isn't their passion.
3) Giving people a badge/belt early for an introductory level of competence (example: choose 3 from the list: bake a loaf of bread, make a cheese, make a batch of beer, make a sauerkraut. Get the lowest level belt in fermentation) encourages a lot of participation and enthusiasm. Ramp up the time commitment and competencies at an exponential rate if you wish, but start newbies low and slow.
4) I suggest that every belt after the basic level have a component where a skill must be taught to a novice. I heard Jack Spirko say it more than once that real mastery comes in what you learn while trying to teach.
paul wheaton wrote:
So, for each merit badge, I propose that there are levels. And these levels are with colors like the "black belt" system. I went and looked it up on the mighty internet and came up with:
I think for a lot of things there will be just three: white, green and brown. And maybe with a LOT of thought and care, we can come up with something that would take it to black.
paul wheaton wrote:Things have evolved quickly. Right now I am looking at "white badge" level would be the sort of thing that a smart, hard working person at a really tough school would have completed in the first year.
"Green" would represent completing the second year and "brown" would represent completing the third year.
To get "PEP1" would mean having completed the "brown" level in about 18 things, the "green" level in a dozen things and the "white" level in a dozen things. Over the next few months I hope to make a list of exactly what those things are.
Part of what I'm thinking is that if I certify somebody as PEP1 and then they get hired by "Bob" and Bob tells me "this person sucks!" then I want to have powerful confidence that the problem is Bob and not the PEP1 person.