You're entirely correct, you don't use belts to get jobs and it doesn't cost you tens of thousands of dollars. The only real comparison is paying for a level of knowledge that in the end you do not possess.
"Okay, I'm one of the few that hates the MA=College analogy. It is not the same as getting an uncredited degree."
A better example.
"it is like a Junior College vs a University."
I understand this now, but I think organizations which do this should say upfront that these are not 'official' IBJJF belts and that they are recognized only within this academy.
There are multiple arts with what many call "kiddie black belts."
Valid point, but you aren't paying them to become president and then getting the title of president, only to find out that according to the regulating/official organizations you are not a president.
TEACHERS say "if you work hard you can be president."
I understand that, and I understand that I'm being a bit defensive. I appreciate you answering and responding to my questions as I don't know much about bjj or how individual schools operate. I was initially under the impression that there was some form of universal regulation for teaching and the type of belts you gave out. I didn't know people could just make their own systems up, especially someone as experienced as Pittman. The contract is already signed so my kid will go for the duration of the contract, after that we'll see what he thinks and how he's progressed. Again, thanks for your responses.
I am not defending the school as I do not train there or train the style. If it bothers you that much don't go.