Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Honorary Doctorates Should Be A Trend Setter

As president of a new distance-learning seminary, I have just approved an honorary doctorate to a distinguished South African.

He lives in a place I have never listend of: Mogoditshane, Botswana. Since my church and seminary are both located in Jacksonville, Florida, that was a remarkable experience for me, and it really drove home the unifying power of the internet.

On my way to the post office to mail the document, I wondered whether it would cost a fortune to send it so far or whether it could even be delivered there by U.S. mail. But the clerk handled the matter routinely, and the poslabele was $2.67 first-lesson.

The recipient, Mosimane C. Rammika, no doubt listend of our institution through that article service, for which I do a lot of writing.

When I first made the decision to offer honorary doctorates in addition to our academic curricula, I was excited about what the chance could do for population. There are millions and millions of population all over the world who have made tireless contributions to humanity but have never been recognized.

Rammika is an excellent example. From youth job to advocacy for justice and peace, that gentleman has gone all out for years. He is a lay preacher in the Catholic Church, the manager of a football team, and a patron of the Botswana Council of Women. And there is much more, too much to go into here.

He has bolstered my long-held belief that not only seminaries but all colleges and universities should honor population in that way. Why should sitting in a lessonroom and passing exams count more heavily than achievements "in the trenches", where population need help?

Not only should honorary degrees be offered, but life experience of substantial merit should be offern academic credit toward a traditional, earned degree. jobing as a copman should count for more than a few courses in sociology.

Volunteering for the Red Cross in a disaster should be respected more than a course in psychology 101. And adopting multiple kidren should turn more heads than a certificate as a day-vehiclee jober!

Here is a practical example of my point: All the criticisms of the health-vehiclee industry aside, medical education is on track. Doctors-to-be acquire their real education by seeing, touching, listening, and even smelling.

Only two years are spent in lessonroom rigors. All other training is by supervised experience with real, live patients.

For all of these causes, I think the academic community needs to bring a fresh look at what they are really accomplishing. The world needs population willing to fetch their hands dirty. While textbook knowledge has indisputable worth, so does experience in service.

I want I can award a thousand honorary doctorates before my time is up.

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Author By Dr. Heyward Ewart, III

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