I'm trying to put this argument into some kind of perspective that make sense. I see beekeepers coming together in a beekeeping forum to talk about beekeeping. Yet, they seem to deride the education for the very thing we're all here for, beekeeping. Or, is the derision being placed on the higher end of the educational process? I'm not sure.
If you wish to be contemptuous of individual blowhards who like to promote themselves
by diminishing others
. Then carry on, let me get out of the way. Such people exist whether they've been certified OR have kept bees for decades. Neither have a monopoly on ignorance!
If people don't want to display manners then education or experience isn't going to change that.
Or, if you wish to argue about WHAT
gets taught for certification. By all means do so, but arguing THAT
people get certified!? What the Hell are you thinking?
I implore the greater majority of beekeepers ('greater' in this instance means both Quality & Quantity) to understand that Experience comes from Education and that Education comes from Experience. They beget each other.
Do i need to explain the harm in separating these: experience from education? Let me say that again; Do you need to have the harm that separating these would cause explained to you!
I say that because it seems to me that someone in these threads it deliberately trying to divide people.
Does anyone know of a profession were the members decry the institutions that educate the membership? What if we were lawyers. Would one of us say to a new guy,"Passing the BAR exam doesn't make you a lawyer. Winning a court case does".
Then another lawyer says,
"Yeah, we should scrap the BAR entirely".
Do you see how that doesn't make much sense?
Here in Virginia we have lost half of the beekeepers & bee population we had in the mid-eighties. So in case you haven't realized this, we need MORE of us. Getting More of us means there had better be some educational programs made available to the masses AND experienced beeks better start harboring apprentices.
That being done,...well congratulations, that's the idea!
I do not see how making 'More' beeks is accomplished by US bickering like a bunch of 'Sneetches
'! It's demoralizing.