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Subject: Re: [TGF] Certification vs. education
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:01:36 -0600
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Chris wrote:
>And I'd expect the BCG to fully support your view while understandably
arguing they are the best. Also understandably, others would argue that they
are the best. What I dislike is when people don't acknowledge that there is
more than one way. There is nothing wrong with healthy competition.

Chris, you've sized things up well.

One of the wonderful things about our field, IMO, is the extent to which
that competition exists in a spirit of cooperation and respect. We've heard
a lot this month about the joint track that BCG and ICAPGen did at SLIG.
While the two credentialing programs have long been viewed as competition,
they both recognize that cooperation--while maintaining their distinct
differences--is good for everyone. SLIG and IGHR illustrate the point also.
Their tracks carry similar labels and have some of the same key instructors,
leaving the superficial appearance of "competition" for a limited market;
but the two administrations use those instructors in different rather than
duplicative ways. The result is that students who take one course leave with
a hunger for more from the best instructors, a need the other program can
help to satisfy. When APG started, some viewed that as a challenge to both
certification and accreditation; that concern proved groundless. NGS and FGS
offer a far older example. The latter was born out of disenchantment with
the former, but years of cooperation for the common good--while each tried
to do the best job possible of the element they obviously have in common,
the conferences--have made both into essential but different providers of
genealogical education and advocacy.

The key, IMO, is the "respect" between the "competition."


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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