Oh, one more thing about the Airborne thing:
The company who makes the fraudulent but widely popular cold preventative makes a big deal on their packaging and in their advertising about the fact that the overpriced vitamin pill was “created by a schoolteacher.” It’s part of their folksy, common-sense, “we ordinary folk may not be scientists, but we sure do have ’em beat when it comes to the common cold!” marketing plan. It was created by a schoolteacher, and schoolteachers are smart and nice — so you know it’s good!
So let’s take that thinking and apply it to some other fields of endeavor.
This opera was created by a software engineer — so you know it’s good!
This apartment building was created by a microbiologist — so you know it’s good!
This MP3 player was created by a master chef — so you know it’s good!
This biography of James Madison was created by a veterinarian — so you know it’s good!
Does any of that make sense?
Then why does “This cold preventative was created by a schoolteacher — so you know it’s good!” make sense?
Schoolteachers are smart and talented people, for the most part. But that doesn’t make them qualified to create preventatives and treatments for medical conditions. Creating preventatives and treatments for medical conditions is hard. It requires many years of specialized training in, you know, medicine. And the common cold is a particularly tough nut to crack. Second-grade teachers aren’t qualified to do medical research… any more than medical researchers are qualified to teach second grade.
I mean, would you send your kid to a school where the second grade was being taught by an epidemiologist, with no training in the education of young children?
Then why would you take a cold preventative invented by a second-grade teacher?
(Thoughts originally developed in a comment thread on Respectful Insolence. Thanks, dude.)