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In Trust newsletter logo October 31, 2014

For Halloween: The headless endeavor

Hydra2For a couple years, the student garden club at my daughter’s elementary has been an amazing success. Nearly 80 students from grades 1 to 5 spent time after school last year to design, create, and maintain a stellar garden with flowers and vegetables. The local newspaper and television station came out several times to record the kids in action. Parents volunteered and businesses donated supplies and money. There was even a club song! And all of this was due to the efforts of one woman.


Cream doesn't always rise to the top

Cream doesn't always rise to the topYou can't pursue any sort of career for long before you realize that advancement and promotions are not always handed to the most effective or competent people. Whether I am talking with engineers at GM or Ford (there's a glut of these folks in my neck of the woods), with professors and school administrators, or with old colleagues in publishing, everyone has a story or two about incompetence they've witnessed in the upper echelons of their fields. 


Some critics don't want religious schools accredited

Accreditation (1) 2Within the world of higher education, a few voices have recently been arguing that religious institutions should not be accredited. A recent example is an opinion piece published in June in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In “The Great Accreditation Farce,” author Peter Conn says that “by awarding accreditation to religious colleges, the process confers legitimacy on institutions that systematically undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education.” That purpose, he asserts, is “skeptical and unfettered inquiry,” which he believes is impossible at institutions where faith in God is a central tenet.


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