How would you like someone to decide which subjects you can choose to learn?
An “education search engine” (their website description) informed me via email today that my courses on shamanism had been removed from their listings, because “courses of a supernatural nature are not permitted”. (They had accepted my listings for Reiki healing and Crystal Healing courses.)
Apart from pointing out that they had evidently misunderstood the nature of the professional training I offer, I was most concerned at this apparent discrimination and asked for clarification.
The company, which describes itself as “the leading education search engine in Europe” replied that:
“The listing of courses in the following subject areas is not permitted:
– courses related to the spirit world
– angel healing and communication
– past life regression
– fortune telling (tarot, crystal ball)”
In my view, if a website purports to be a general, universal “education search engine” then it should list all genuine education courses from professional educational establishments.
However, let us suppose for a moment that they have some genuine, ethical, responsible, rational reason for excluding these subject areas. Then surely the scope and the exclusions should be made clear on the website to inform all users?
I have written to the website admin on these points and we’ll see what happens. Meanwhile next time you are looking for courses to learn more about a subject, and it seems that no-one teaches it, this may be what’s happened…
Update 5 Jan 2010 – Here is the website’s response in full:
“Thank you for your comments on this issue. Please understand that Emagister is a company and as such, we reserve the right to choose which products (in this case, courses) we advertise on our site. Furthermore, as an internet company, we need to analyse and control closely the behaviour of certain keywords and the implications this may on the traffic that reaches our site. The removal of your courses on Shamanism is not discriminatory but discretionary. We apologise for any inconvenice this may cause.”