This is my final post to respond to J.L.L. about TJEd.  J.L.L. is upset that we aren’t seeing all of the promises fulfilled yet about leadership education and George Wythe College (now University).

Not very long ago, a man formed an organization that was reviled and hated but claimed to show people a better way.  The man was never famous in his lifetime with regard to the news papers and opinion makers of the day and he was later arrested for crimes against the state and died in prison.  His organization was hated and forced out of the country.  He still is not that famous today and is quite unknown by billions of people.  To members of The Church, Joseph Smith is well known, loved, admired, and the Prophet of the Restoration.  By worldly standards and other metrics his life was a failure.  By Gospel standards and LDS standards, his life was a resounding success.  The LDS Church only made it to 1 Million members more than 100 years after the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith and is growing at an amazing pace today.  

George Wythe University is only 16 years old.  In 1846, The Church was 16 years old and was on its way to Winter Quarters in Iowa.  I do not mean to be disrespectful of anyone or anything in this comparison, but the point is that even some of the best things to ever happen in the History of The Earth since the Resurrection take some time to grow.  Joseph Smith prophesied (correctly) that The Church would grow to fill the whole earth.  I still believe it although it has been more than 170 years since The Church was founded.  

J.L.L. claims that because we don’t have a litany of great leaders to come from George Wyeth University in its 16 year history that it is a failure.  In the comments under his post, when some of the leadership successes were pointed out, they were completely discounted and minimized.  No amount of proof that does not match up with the measurements set up by J.L.L. will be sufficient to him.

A couple of things to consider.  Part of the curriculum at George Wythe University is to learn what freedom and liberty look like or what a society with a proper balance of forces would look like.  Right now, the Government, Business, and Media has taken so much control of society that any candidate for office that comes in espousing significant changes in how things should be run would probably not be very popular.  Our main choices for President this year boiled down to who would give us the greatest government handouts.  A George Wythe University trained Statesman would not be very popular in this environment which makes getting into elective office more difficult, really.

Not all of the Founding Fathers were popular elected officials until the needs arose.  There weren’t really that many elected officials in Colonial America because the officials were appointed under the authority of the crown.  The First Continental Congress was not exactly a popular election of the whole populace due to the limits on voting and the dangerousness of forming a shadow government under the noses of the British authorities.  Like-minded individuals of influence and power united to organize the resources of agreeable people to throw off the yoke of British oppression.  It is not as if the whole populace of the Colonies united to fight against the British, there were many sympathizers of the British who did not help the Traitors/Patriots who fought for independence.  The Founding Fathers were on the right side of the war and carried the day.  Sometimes being a leader means taking an unpopular but correct stance and not just being an elected official.  J.L.L. does not seem to appreciate this difference.

Just because J.L.L. does not see the impact of the graduates of George Wythe University does not mean that they are not making an impact or that they will not make an even greater impact in the future.

I think it is working just fine for a 16 year old University out to change the world.

Comments Welcome

UPDATE: The purpose of the comparison was to illustrate that after 16 years it is not a foregone conclusion that GWU will or will not make a worldwide impact and that it is too early to declare it a failure or to announce their demise.  The future of GWU is dependent on the future actions of the people who control the school.