PART A. Circle Yes or No after each question.
1. Do the state massage law requirements for certification, registration or licensure objectively evaluate the competence of massage therapists in terms of their on-the-job performance? Yes No
2. Does the state massage law differentiate between competent and incompetent massage therapists in terms of on-the-job performance? Yes No
3. If the state massage law does not distinguish between competent and incompetent massage therapists in terms of on-the-job performance, can it protect the public against incompetent massage therapists? Yes No
4. Are graduates of state-accredited massage schools more competent massage therapists than graduates from massage schools that are not state-accredited, and massage therapists who are self-taught? Yes No
5. Does a state massage law that requires a 500-hour training produce more competent massage therapists than a training of, for example, 400 hours? Yes No
6. Are massage therapists who pass the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork more competent than massage therapists who fail? Yes No
7. Does the state massage law significantly dissociate ethical massage from prostitution in the public mind? Yes No
8. Does the state massage law benefit special interest groups? Yes No
9. Should a state massage law be repealed if it benefits special interest groups? Yes No
PART B. You may or may not have to take Part B. If your answer to any questions 1 through 7 is "Yes", explain in 1000 words or less how you justify each "Yes" answer. If your answer to question 8 and/or 9 is "No", explain in 1000 words or less how you justify each "No" answer.
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." ( Albert Einstein)
"We can now see ... the difficulty that may arise in the attempt to persuade others to accept a new ... way of reasoning. We cannot convince others of it by formal argument for, so long as we argue within their framework, we can never induce them to abandon it. Demonstration must be supplemented, therefore, by forms of persuasion which can induce a conversion. The refusal to enter on the opponent's way of arguing must be justified by making it appear altogether unreasonable." -- Michael Polanyi (Personal Knowledge. University of Chicago Press. 1958)