Continuing education should be renamed. I’m not sure what to yet, but something offensively long and boring.
There are definitely good speakers and worthwhile lectures thrown in the mix, but in large measure it’s a yearly marketing exercise meant to sell ego or products. Very little is dedicated to providing knowledge on the issues facing our profession right now.
One of the speakers at an upcoming conference wrote his own biography, in which he states that all of his peers believe him to be a Polymath. Another titled his discussion “One Landscape”. I’ve heard the same green roof lecture four years in a row. And I’m starting to get angry about it.