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DAVIDSON: The Credentials of Educators in the Age of Over-Information

Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach?

Jeff Davidson

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I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America. I had previewed his CD and read two of his books prior to his lecture. In person, he lived up to my expectations. Naturally, I was intrigued when a friend involved with bringing this speaker to our area relayed a personal incident to me.

Following the speaker’s presentation, my friend was responsible for driving him to the airport, and accompanying him until his flight departed. That summer afternoon, it was rainy and the skies were dark. As it turned out, the author was a nervous flyer and took several drinks in the airport lounge prior to boarding the plane.

Walking His Talk?

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I found this incident to be amazing because I had so often heard him say things such as, “Everything in this universe is perfect.” It struck me that, in many ways, the speaker wasn’t practicing his philosophy. Nevertheless, all human beings have their faults and foibles and, as time passed, I forgot about the incident.

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Returning from a trip, I had the occasion to pick up USA Today. In the lifestyle section, an article featured a relationship guru who was also an author of international best-sellers. She had won the “Oscar” of infomercials, earning $24 million in a single year. In USA Today, the reporter asked her why we should listen to a relationship guru who had been married five times. Five times? I couldn’t believe it! She had wedded her fifth husband, some 11 years her junior, only a short time before producing her award-winning infomercial on having a successful relationship.

In the infomercial, she is featured as having a loving relationship with her husband. The infomercial does not say that he is her fifth husband and that she had married him weeks ago. At that point, I recalled the story about the nervous flyer author. Yet, nothing prepared me for the news about the relationship guru, a self-proclaimed expert, using 21st-century marketing to sell her information and products.

She was well-versed in her subject matter and upon hearing her advice, it did seem sound. However, the larger issue is, “Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach, or who do not remotely walk their talk?”

The Fifth Souffle

To the partial defense of those who skillfully dispense information, in the case of the guru above, she asked the reporter, “Would you rather learn how to cook a souffle
from someone who’s tried it once? Or from someone who’s tried it five times?”

While it is entirely possible that instructors who do not have strong academic credentials, substantial experience, formal training, certifications, licenses, and other forms of accreditation can be entirely competent in their field of endeavor, the odds are with those who have the aforementioned bona fides.

We live in a fast-moving society, and if you wish to be the dispenser of goods or services, on some level you already know that people often make snap judgments. They’ll see something about you in the news, read about you online, hear from a friend, or see a brochure. That first notice gets them thinking, maybe they ought to buy your product or acquire your service.

There is something to be said, however, for vendors who punch all the tickets, for being in the same place for a long time, having a proven track record, having throngs of satisfied clients or customers, guaranteeing their work, delivering consistent performance, being available for follow-up and feedback, and standing behind everything that they do.

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Fauci Thinks It Is ‘Inexplicable’ That Texas Is Re-Opening Businesses, Ending Mask Mandate

Go home, doc. The adults got it from here!

John Salvatore

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Have you wondered yet how the flu just happened to magically disappear? That’s not opinion. It is fact, apparently. In the words of Matthew McConaughey’s character from “Wolf of Wall Street,” the flu is fugazi (it’s a woozy, it’s a wazzy…fairy dust). If you still don’t believe that people are assigned covid, then you’re not paying attention. Here’s a quick example, for ya: This author knows a person who went to get tested, the place ended up taking too long so she had to leave early (without being tested) – she later received a notice that she tested positive. Funny how that worked out, huh? Check out Fauci ripping Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) for daring to get his state back on track… https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1367510351827369985?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1367510351827369985%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegatewaypundit.com%2F2021%2F03%2Ffauci-rips-texas-governor-reopening-businesses-ending-mask-mandate-video%2F From Fox News: Texas’s Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday said he planned to open the state next week “100%,” roughly a year after the coronavirus pandemic broke out throughout the U.S. Abbott issued an executive order that rescinds many of the state’s previous orders, allowing all businesses in the state to fully reopen and revoking the statewide mask mandate as of next Wednesday. And in Mississippi… https://twitter.com/tatereeves/status/1366849019935412228?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1366849019935412228%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fbreaking-mississippi-also-stopping-mask-mandate-and-reopening-all-businesses-without-restriction%2F In honor of the upcoming baseball season, let us never forget the worst first pitch in…well…maybe ever! WATCH: https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1286441829643235328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1286441829643235328%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fhouse-votes-to-remove-confederate-statues-justice-roger-b-taney-from-capitol

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Leaked Docs Show Migrants are Overwhelming Border Agents Thanks to Joe’s Policies

This is what 80 million people voted for!??

John Salvatore

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If you voted for a pro-choice, anti-American, beta male, weak-on-the-border presidential candidate last November, who hurt you as a child? Who taught you so poorly in your youth? Shame shame. From Axios: Fresh internal documents from the Department of Health and Human Services show how quickly the number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming the administration’s stretched resources. Driving the news: In the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred to HHS custody an average of 321 children per day, according to documents obtained by Axios. That’s up from a weekly average of 203 in late January and early February — and just 47 per day during the first week of January. The same documents, dated Tuesday, say the shelter system is at 94% occupancy and expected to reach its maximum this month. LOOK: H/T: Right Scoop

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