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Awkward Merit Badges

In addition to finding that boys have more badges related to science, the study found that 27% of Girl Scout badges have “playful” names, whereas 100% of the Boy Scout badges are descriptive. So, the Boy Scout badge for learning about geology is called “geologist”; the same badge for the girls is called “rocks rock.” Likewise, the Boy Scout badge for learning about astronomy is called “astronomer” (left) while the girls’ badge is called “sky search” (right).

(via Mixed Messages in Girl & Boy Scout Badges » Sociological Images)

In addition to finding that boys have more badges related to science, the study found that 27% of Girl Scout badges have “playful” names, whereas 100% of the Boy Scout badges are descriptive. So, the Boy Scout badge for learning about geology is called “geologist”; the same badge for the girls is called “rocks rock.” Likewise, the Boy Scout badge for learning about astronomy is called “astronomer” (left) while the girls’ badge is called “sky search” (right).

(via Mixed Messages in Girl & Boy Scout Badges » Sociological Images)


What if employers didn’t care whether applicants held a college diploma but instead asked what educational “badges” they had collected?
Like Boy Scout merit badges for professionals, these marks of achievement would show competence in specific skills, and they could be granted by any number of institutions. This is the vision of a growing number of education reformers who feel that the standard certification system no longer works in today’s fast-changing job market.
The Mozilla Foundation, the group that develops the popular Firefox Web browser, is designing a framework to let anyone with a Web page—colleges, companies, even individuals—issue forgery-proof digital badges that will give potential employers details about an applicant’s training at the click of a mouse. In September, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $2 million grant program, run in coordination with Mozilla, to encourage organizations to try the badge system.
More than 300 groups have applied. 

Merit Badges for the Job Market - WSJ.com

What if employers didn’t care whether applicants held a college diploma but instead asked what educational “badges” they had collected?

Like Boy Scout merit badges for professionals, these marks of achievement would show competence in specific skills, and they could be granted by any number of institutions. This is the vision of a growing number of education reformers who feel that the standard certification system no longer works in today’s fast-changing job market.

The Mozilla Foundation, the group that develops the popular Firefox Web browser, is designing a framework to let anyone with a Web page—colleges, companies, even individuals—issue forgery-proof digital badges that will give potential employers details about an applicant’s training at the click of a mouse. In September, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $2 million grant program, run in coordination with Mozilla, to encourage organizations to try the badge system.

More than 300 groups have applied. 

Merit Badges for the Job Market - WSJ.com

The Awl notes — with, shall we say, skepticism — Google’s creation “news badges.” Which means what? Here’s what Google says:

Starting today, in the U.S. edition of Google News, you can see how voracious a news reader you are by earning Google News badges as you read articles about your favorite topics….
We have more than 500 badges available, so no matter what kind of news you’re into, there’s a badge out there for you.
Your badges are private by default, but if you want, you can share your  badges with your friends. Tell them about your news interests, display  your expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how  well-read you are.

 Google News Blog: Shareable Google News badges for your favorite topics)

The Awl notes — with, shall we say, skepticism — Google’s creation “news badges.” Which means what? Here’s what Google says:

Starting today, in the U.S. edition of Google News, you can see how voracious a news reader you are by earning Google News badges as you read articles about your favorite topics….

We have more than 500 badges available, so no matter what kind of news you’re into, there’s a badge out there for you.

Your badges are private by default, but if you want, you can share your badges with your friends. Tell them about your news interests, display your expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how well-read you are.

 Google News Blog: Shareable Google News badges for your favorite topics)

Bitcoins getting all kinds of attention lately. Even a badge! (See also Consumed on merit badges.)
 Buy the “Bought This Bitcoins Badge With Bitcoins” badge with Bitcoins - Boing Boing

Bitcoins getting all kinds of attention lately. Even a badge! (See also Consumed on merit badges.)

 Buy the “Bought This Bitcoins Badge With Bitcoins” badge with Bitcoins - Boing Boing

MTV And Foursquare Team Up To Encourage STD Testing - PSFK

"For its Fall promotional campaign “GYT: Get Yourself Tested,” MTV is teaming up with Foursquare with the aim to motivate Foursquare enthusiasts to get tested for STDs. A special Foursquare badge will be availible for users who take a test and check-in at the clinic."

Is that a badge people want?

Rivet Head: Photo Badges - Least Wanted!