I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth – Ecclesiastes 10:7
Listening to the University of Indianapolis President, Dr. Robert Manuel speak recently at his inauguration, I came out with the incredible insight that an education (learning) and credentialing are not the same thing. Any organization can credential. The gatekeepers can, the kingmakers can. But can everybody educate? On the other hand, Parents can educate, Teachers can educate, heck, you can self educate, but can you, parents and/ or teachers credential? Probably Not.
Little wonder some institutions are taking advantage of the internet’s reach to credential at will – for a few dollars. Minting a generation of credentialed but uneducated “professionals”. Servants upon horses? Dr. Manuel puts it this way:
A nation that is concerned about its competitiveness can’t afford to simply credential its populace; it must ensure that they are educated to be creative, to be innovative, to be engines of discovery.
I think this also applies to us Christians. May you strive to acquire knowledge (know how), that you be not a prince/ princess walking as servants upon the earth. Proverbs 19:1 says: “Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good …” May you seek to know and not just be decorated . After all, Knowledge is education and education is knowledge.