That got past me as well. I think I was too caught up in the whole argument. And I'm loving it!
So wonderful to see all of these talented, professional, and passionate writers taking a stand.
Let me be a bit more obvious about my contribution above.
Shakespeare's only writing credential, I believe, was grammar school graduate.
My forefathers made their money and reputation from their artful words of persuasion via largely self-taught storytelling...whether from the chalkboard, pulpit or sales floor...and more often from a porch swing.
Many hours and much honing of craft went into their successes. Little of it rested upon any degree or certification.
I know many folks with MFAs and PhDs who lack any soul or rhythm in their writing. They maybe technically correct, but their message is DOA.
I think that's where some folks (including myself) can bristle a bit ...not at your intent but how some may misconstrue your words.
I'm a huge fan of Copyblogger. I'm also a huge fan of lifelong learning. I cannot see how you can be a writer if you aren't a reader or a learner.
But learning doesn't necessarily guarantee a talent. (see PhDs and MFAs)
And in this post-Hummingbird world I welcome a program that helps me with both my continued learning and honing of my craft as well as a stamp of approval saying to those without the capacity for effective evaluation "Yes, she gets it. Oh, and by the way, please pay her more than $.01/word."