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THE CHRISTIAN WORK ETHIC NEWSLETTER
January 2005

As we begin the new year, we are ready to further spread the plain truth about the Christian work ethic across America!

You can follow my itinerary throughout the year.  Simply click on SEMINARS and then click on work itinerary  which shows a complete list of engagements for 2005!

I am looking forward to joining Dr. David Jeremiah and other outstanding Christian educators at the Mid-Atlantic Christian Education Association annual meeting in March.  I will be conducting a workshop based on my book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed.   (More details will be forthcoming in my February newsletter.)   This is just one of the exciting work assignments which God has already put on my plate for 2005!

At Worker Ministries, God is taking care of us!  But, He is also taking care of YOU!  You are never alone when you are with HIM!   We sincerely hope and pray that in 2005, you will experience good health, prosperity, and happiness as you perform your work.

BEWARE  OF  THE  UGLY  D-WORD IN THE WORKPLACE!

I recently read another sad story about the teacher shortage in North Carolina which is forecasted to become worse in future years.  Pay and lack of discipline are often given as reasons for this problem and I am sure these do impact the supply versus demand.

However, I have first hand knowledge and experience which shows that discrimination can still be a major roadblock to hiring OLDER teachers including those who have formerly worked in the classroom.

Consider this true story about a personal experience which appears in my book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed:

" When I was in my late forties, I returned to school to obtain a Master's Degree in Education and graduated with honors, having achieved a 4.0 grade average.  For over two years, I tried to get my teaching certificate renewed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  To put it bluntly, I was given the run-around.  I was instructed to have the university submit papers to them.  The university stated the department was responsible.  Finally, I was told to go to my local school system.

Since I was not working in education at the time, I contacted a local school system in my area.. Their employment director stated that I would have to be employed by their system before they could help me.  Yet, if I lost my current job, he would not consider me for a teaching position because I did not have an "A" teaching certificate.

If I had been in my twenties, do you suppose I could have obtained a certificate?

I share this example with you because it illustrates a case in which no one can say discrimination has occurred. However, the net effect is that I was denied the opportunity to return to education because no one wanted to help an older worker obtain the required credentials.  Yet, the State of North Carolina continues to run television advertisements urging college graduates who did not major in education to consider going into the teaching profession through a lateral entry program."

Ten years later just before leaving industry at the age of 58, I sent a resume' and cover letter to Granville County School system in Oxford, North Carolina where I had worked upon graduation from college.  Surely, they would want me because of my excellent work performance there.  After all, I had only four years' teaching experience when I was selected outstanding educator of the year in 1971 and was one of the ten finalists for the Terry Sanford Award for outstanding contributions to education!  Surely, the school administrator would understand that I could be of even more value coming back into the classroom!

W R O N G !   I can truthfully say I never received any acknowledgment whatsoever concerning my resume' and the application which I filed with them.

As a worker, you need to understand the following truths about the D-word:
   
  * Discrimination is a Christian work ethic issue because any form of discrimination for any reason is absolutely
W R O N G!     It is a sin!

   * Discrimination intercepts God's plan for placing individuals in work to which they have been called to contribute to His kingdom!  It is so ugly it can almost be equated to an abortion which takes the life of a human created by God and, therefore, intercepts the opportunity to be born to serve others!

    * The act of discrimination is as simple as an employment director taking a resume' just received and trashing it!  After all, who (other than God Almighty) will ever know ? ? ?

    * Discrimination cheats others from being exposed to those who have experience which would be of  great value to others!  In this case, it is the innocent school children who suffer most!

Truthful employers will tell you that the major reason for such discrimination is economics!   Younger employees will work for less money and costs of their health care benefit will be less because the chances of having a major illness is much less.

I have also learned there are those school employment directors who resent an individual leaving education and going into industry and then wanting to return to the education field. A number of my friends have also suggested that because of my strong credentials, I could also be interpreted as being a threat to others already employed!

Excuse me, but these are sorry excuses for committing age discrimination against another individual!

When speaking on this subject across America, I often remind my audiences that this ugly sin will never be eliminated until the Federal government establishes specific requirements that include hiring adults in ALL age brackets and accounting for this on an annual reporting basis.

As a conservative Christian, I detest this kind of government intervention but I know of know other way to eradicate this sin!

Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina (and many other employers) continue to live in their own misery because they have totally missed a scriptural truth:  What you sow is what you reap!

Unfortunately, in public education, it is the young people who will pay the ultimate price because of discriminatory tactics used by their elders who lack a basic quality of Jesus Christ:
COMPASSION  FOR  OTHERS  regardless of age, race, or other such factors that have nothing to do with potential job performance!

WHAT A SHAME!

Very truly yours,

Jim Hogsett