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Accreditation and the Catholic Church

David Wiley suggests that: “Educational reform is much like religious reform, and our openness movement and desires to innovate in higher education are much like the Reformation. When the Church was the prevailing power, it took Luther a significant amount of courage to stand up, nail a list of issues to the door, and say “Go ahead and excommunicate me. I’ve tried reforming from within with no success. You leave me no choice but to leave and try again on my own.”"
I appreciate his analogy. I’ve found many parallels between the systemic reforms of the enlightenment, industrial era, and economics, with what we are confronted with in education. A small note of clarification, however: in most systems of reform, the first departure from the established norm is not radical. Luther, for example, was subsequently appalled at the direction the revolution took. His desire was to reform the church, not recreate it. Calvin and his followers took things in an entirely new direction. Similarly, the French revolution of the late 18th century sought to accommodate a monarchical presence. It was only subsequent thinkers and reformers that wanted to do away with the monarchy. I think this is an important consideration. First generation reformers still carry much of the ideology of the existing system into their reform activities. Subsequent thinkers, however, aren’t tethered to the ideology of the system. It is here that true and significant change happens.