Got Some Cheese to Go with That Whine?

I try to give the Institute for Creation Research a chance to redeem themselves intellectually. I really do. Any time I see them making headlines, I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and see if maybe this time they won’t prove to be an intellectual black hole of vacuous simple-minded nonsense.

But they always disappoint me.

Remember about a month ago, when the ICR was trying to appeal to the Texas authorities to get their sham university accredited, only to have their efforts rejected? Well they seem to have found a whiny (but clever) little way of recovering from that disappointment. According to their website, they now offer Master’s degrees in Christian Education (M.C.Ed.) to their “graduates.”

How can they offer Master’s degrees while remaining unaccredited? PZ Myers explains from ICR’s faq:

11. Is ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics program accredited?

Due to the nature of ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics—a predominantly religious education school—it is exempt from licensing by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Likewise, ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics is legally exempt from being required to be accredited by any secular or ecumenical or other type of accrediting association.

Wow. See what they did there? Instead of saying that they applied to be a licensed university and were denied by the THECB, they simply claim that they’re exempt from licensing and accreditation.

Now that’s honesty.

And if simply denying the need for accreditation fails, you can always make like Jim West and whine about bias in the accreditation system.

I think we are all aware of the fact that accreditation committees are sometimes comprised of persons who are familiars with those whom they are “investigating” — which, at the very least, calls their objectivity into question. And at other times the “visiting accrediting team” actually acts in such a way as to protect the administration without any regard for their real purported aims.

In truth, accreditation and accrediting agencies serve as nothing more than a modern and very much self-serving replacement of the Roman Magisterium. Accrediting agencies and schools submitting to the accrediting process are part and parcel of an industry which, rather than pursuing academic excellence, simply serves to enrich its own coffers and the coffers of those institutions which have bought into its systematic hijacking of higher education.

Of course, he’s not going to bring any evidence for any of his conspiracy-theory-level claims or bother to point out exactly how accreditation fails at producing a way of identified qualified professionals. Or even propose a better way of doing it.

Essentially, Jim West is merely a dude with an unaccredited degree teaching at an unaccredited school who’s complaining that accreditation doesn’t stop universities from having sub-par faculty. And?

Plain-and-simple, this is just a load of whining from people who desire the credibility of a degree that has actual merit.

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