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The Parable of the Tenants

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I was reading a parable called “The Parable of the Tenants” and it really stood out to me so you know I had to share.

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The parable spoke about a landlord that planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it and built a watchtower. After everything was put in place, the landlord decided to lease it out and move to another country.

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Time passed and when harvest time came, the landlord decided to send some of his servants to the tenant, to get some of the fruits he had planted. When the servants arrived, the tenants beat one, killed another and stoned the other.

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The landlord heard of it and decided to send even more servants, in hopes that they would be received but the tenants responded in the same way as before.

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The landlord could not believe it so he decided the best thing to do would be to send his own son to collect his produce/fruit. He sent his son, and when the tenants saw him, they said among themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and seize on his inheritance.” So they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

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The parable ended with a question by the person telling the parable. The question was, “When the landlord comes back to his vineyard, what do you think he will do to the tenants?”

The people listening to the parable answered that the landlord would surely destroy the wicked tenants, and get new tenants to occupy the land. Tenants that would give the fruits to the landlord during their rightful seasons.

The creator of this parable, asked the people listening another question, a question tying the parable with what was happening at that present time. He asked, “Haven’t you read in the scriptures, the stone (referring to Jesus) which the builders rejected is the same stone, that will become the Head of the corner. And the kingdom of God shall be taken from you (pharisees and other who rejected the deity of Jesus), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

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This passage speaks volumes to me and is thought provoking —–> Whoever will fall on the stone shall be broken but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matthew 21: 44)

I like how it said whoever falls on Jesus (the stone) will be broken. Being broken is a good thing because it provides the opportunity for things to be broken off of us that is no longer needed. We should take comfort that brokenness doesn’t last forever, eventually we mend, heal, and become new again. Another thing that is good about being broken is how humbling it is. Once we experience brokenness, it usually gives us an empathy toward others that make us more sensitive and caring human beings.

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The other part of the passage was sobering, it said that whoever the stone falls on, will be ground to powder. Yikes. That is not something I would like to experience. So I will take brokenness over being ground to powder any day, thank you very much.

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I thought it was so interesting how the parable was used to explain to the pharisees in story form, how their disbelief appeared before the landlord (God) who allowed tenants (the pharisees) to managed his land and how the landlord (God) will deal with them (the pharisees and anyone who rejected) for killing/rejecting His son (Jesus).

So when you would like to get a point across to someone and you can’t quite explain it, give them a story/parable, to get your point across. It truly works!

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Let go of the "Past" Bomb

Letting go of the “Past” Bomb

I was reflecting on a book I read over 17 years ago about getting people, past events and regrets out and making room for the right things instead.

How often are people living a low quality of life because they choose to live in the past by allowing something or someone the permission to have a “seat” in their lives, who should have been asked to “please get up and leave,” a long time ago?

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The good news is, that there is a thing called choice, and we all have access to it.

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We can choose to continue providing a seat for past regrets, situations, humiliations, and toxic people; or we could choose to asked them to “please get up and leave,” so that we can make room for the present and the future. Think about the Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge was allowed the luxury of learning exactly how his past would affect his present, and doom his future. What a wonderful opportunity it would be if we too, could have the same ability. Unfortunately, we will more than likely not get to but we are wise enough to know that if we hold on to, provide a seat for, wrong things; our present and future will be very bleak.

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Can you tell I have an infinity for Charles Dickens? lol I did get to meet his great, great grandson once at a Dickens’s Holiday event, it was lovely. 

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I want to preface this by saying I am not only referring to people. I am also referring to habits, occupations and organizations we belong to. Some of us are still working in positions that we should have left a long time ago, but because of job security, decided not to step out on faith.

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Some of us have habits that are unhealthy, unproductive and/or expensive, that we need to give up so that we can make room for something better. Some of us are apart of organizations (civic, volunteer, congregations, frat/soro, etc…) that have run their course in our lives, but because of a sense of cause, duty, or validation, continue on in them. This is not to say, do not belong to any organizations, it is to make sure you are apart of the right organization; one in which you are a proper fit.

We have to be willing to let go of the wrong placement, in order to make room for where we are supposed to be. Otherwise, you will look like the illustration below.

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From this day forth, view the bad parts of your past; and all that encompass as a ticking time bomb that will soon explode, and end up destroying your present and future. This may seem a bit melodramatic, but what else will it take to finally decide on letting go? Some of us are collectors of useless things, and eventually, if we continue to take care of those “useless unproductive things,” our energy, time and most importantly space will be unavailable when something better is introduced and what happens when you are looking for a seat, and all are taken? You keep moving. This is what good things that are supposed to be in our lives will do if we stay full of rubbish, it will keep moving.

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Reflection

Get a notebook, iPad, or Notepad on your phone. Write down these categories:

  1. People
  2. Organizations I belong to
  3. Habits
  4. Hobbies

Underneath each category, write down The Three P’s:

  1. Productive
  2. Positivity
  3. Passionate

At this point, I would personally choose to pray about this, but overall the objective is to evaluate the categories and see if the items in them should continue having a seat in your life. If you find you are no longer passionate, productive and it no longer brings positivity into your life; then I suggest asking it to “please get up and leave.”

After doing this exercise you will free up time, energy and space for something better to come into your life and you will appreciate it, when “something better” comes along.

You may actually be the person holding yourself up, you may be your worst enemy, so don’t be afraid to “Let go of the Past Bomb.”

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Rejection = Re-direction

Rejection = Re-direction

I saw this quote and thought I would share it because of its’ profoundness.

“As I look back over my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually re-directed to something better.” 

So many times, we reflect on our lives and feel a deep sense of regret.

  • Regret of poor choices that were made
  • Regret of choosing not to do something
  • Regret of not standing up for something
  • Regret of trying to be a people pleaser
  • Regret of taking life too seriously and not taking the time to stop and smell the roses
  • Regret of not preparing children for life
  • Regret of getting involved with the wrong people
  • Regret of choosing the practical job over the one you REALLy wanted
  • Regret of not getting up and speaking at an event
  • Regret of being rejected from something you really wanted to do

This last regret is what I really wanted to touch on. Do not feel so bad about being rejected from a person, job position, club, or organization; because the rejection is simply re-directing you to the area you are supposed to be in.

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*Encourage yourself with these wise words*

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*Here is a video of a comic book about the origins of negative thoughts and how to take control of them. I was happy to see this because I STiLL have my copy of this comic book from when I was younger.*

 

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21-day Genuine Challenge Results

Good night everyone, this will be short and to the point. The 21-day Genuine Challenge was more difficult than I anticipated, especially when people were a bit cheeky.

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I have found that it takes making a “conscious decision” to be kind and genuine, it does not happen organically.

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It is easy to make sarcastic, negative remarks behind someones’ back, it is also easy to smile in someones’ face while having a frown in your heart towards the person, but it is hard to be REAL.

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When I make the statement to “be genuine” I am also saying to stop being the opposite: a fraud, counterfeit, sham, imitation, hoax, when dealing with yourself and others. This is good advice for all of us.

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  1. If you are not feeling well, it is ok to say that when asked how you are doing.
  2. If you do not like being around a certain group and/or person, it is ok; politely stop being around them and don’t talk negatively about them. Sometimes friendships fade.
  3. If you no longer like the direction your life is going, don’t act like you do just to impress others, or because you think something is expected of you; instead, make the necessary changes you need in order to have a healthy well-being.
  4. If you are around a group of people who are always talking negatively about others behind their backs, but smiling in their faces, separate yourself! This is a quick way to be classified as not being genuine.
  5. If you feel lead to do or say something you know is wrong, decide not to so that you could avoid negative consequences.

I challenge everyone to try the 21-day Genuine Challenge, it will definitely make you think before you do.

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The 21-day Gen·u·ine Challenge

I would like to challenge everyone to the “21-day Genuine Challenge”. This challenge is for everyone, no matter their stage of life: retired, stay at home mum or dad, working not working, or students. Let me preface this by saying that we are human beings and make mistakes, so this challenge is not about being perfect but becoming better.

Ok class let’s begin with the definition of genuine. The definition below is from Dictionary.com.

gen·u·ine

ˈjenyo͞oən/

adjective

  1. truly what something is said to be; authentic.

“each book is bound in genuine leather”

Synonyms: authentic, real, actual, original, bona fide, true, veritable; sincere, honest, truthful, straightforward, direct, frank, candid, open; artless, natural, unaffected;

Informal synonyms: straight, upfront, on the level, on the up and up

  1. “a genuine person” (of a person, emotion, or action) sincere.

“she had no doubts as to whether Tom was genuine”

Now that we know the meaning behind the word genuine, we can discuss “The Why”.

Why should we strive to be genuine?

The reason I am challenging everyone to be genuine for 21-days is because I believe a major transformation will take place in their lives upon completion. Imagine an environment when people truly said what they meant and meant what they said, or a place where a person could walk away from a group feeling confident that nothing negative would be said shortly afterwards. Wouldn’t that be positively, lovely?

Change begins with us, hence the 21-day Genuine Challenge.

Below I am going to provide examples of 6 true genuine traits along with examples of the opposite of genuine traits (also known as being fake). This will serve as a resource during the challenge. I shall report my own findings in 21 days! (August 31st) #begenuine

Respect Everyone, whether it is Earned or not

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Showing respect to everyone is a sign of integrity. The Bible even mentions how pretentious it is to show favoritism to the wealthy by giving them the best seats in the synagogue while not paying any attention to the poor. (James 2:3) This applies even today, show everyone respect whether they deserve it or not, no matter their station in life and only good can come from it.

Practice Humility

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There is a time and place for everything.

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under Heaven (here on Earth) Ecclesiastes 3:1

Do not misunderstand this example, it is ok to be loud and have fun at times, but it is not ok to always seek attention at the expense of taking away attention from others. We all can think of an example of this trait and during our challenge, lets strive to do the opposite.

Be Transparent and Tactfully Honest

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The definition of gossip. I have done this with prior students before because some of them admittedly never looked it up. So, it was high time. Gossip is discussing other peoples’ affairs and the affairs are not confirmed as true or false. It is for this reason one should speak to the source, not about the source to other people, when they are unsure about something. Be open and transparent, because a good person may be misjudged for life over unconfirmedinformation.

Real Life Example Alert – Once upon a time, I had people tell me a certain individual had been discussing me unfavorably. I was surprised because I barely knew the person, so clearly, they had been fed some untrue information about myself for them to be discussing me in such a fashion. I tried to ignore what had been said to me and continued being polite to the person as I had always done, but after being told by several more people the person was speaking about me negatively, I went and asked the person about it. It caught the person by complete surprise and they denied it. I asked them if I had done anything to offend them because if I had; I wanted to make it right, they replied that I had not done anything to them. After the brief exchange, I assured them there were not any hard feelings on my end and continued to treat them as I always had. Shortly afterwards, I overheard the person speaking negatively about me with my own ears and what others had been saying was confirmed. I still remained pleasant but guarded, it just goes to show that you cannot please everyone, and that people can and will speak badly without a cause.

Cannot Please Everyone but keep being Pleasant

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It is natural for us to want everyone to like us, but it is not realistic. It is a thin line between being niceand becoming a people pleaser. I am naturally a nice person but can usually discern fairly quickly if someone does-not-care for my person. In those cases, I am polite and professional but aim to keep things short and sweet because it is best to be celebrated instead of tolerated. #politeprofessionalshortsweet

Compliment Others

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Criticizing others to divert attention from your weaknesses is not a good trait. I am not talking about constructive criticism because I am a former dancer, cheerleader and show choir member, so I know the benefits of receiving criticism that drives improvement but criticizing without a purpose or just to make someone feel badly is wicked. So, during the challenge if this is a problem area, try hard to stop it! It will get easier with time.

Keep your word and when you cannot, Communicate

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Life happens, and sometimes we are not able to make it to an event we have committed too; in that case, a genuine person would simply communicate that. This image is stating is that a genuine person would try to live up to their promises, while a fake person would mindlessly promise commitment in order to appear “important” knowing they have zero intentions of following through.

I have given the tools needed to proceed on the challenge, now go forth and be GENUINE so that transformation could start taking place in your personal environment and eventually, around the world.

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Reference

Dictionary.com. 2018. Definition of Genuine. Retrieved from https://www.dictionary.com/browse/genuine

Tea Time, Cake and Friends

Tea Time: A Lost Art that Needs to be Reinstated

Today I had tea with a friend and her daughter, and what a learning experience! It lasted nearly 5.5 hours. I always considered myself a tea connoisseur but after today realized I still have a lot to learn. The four teas we had were Oolong, Matcha, Pu’er, and Jasmine Pearl. All were delectable and topped off with two different cakes that her daughter had graciously baked. (Kudos to her) One tasted like a Pound Cake and the other was a South African Malva Pudding Cake.

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Old Fashioned Blue Ribbon Pound Cake recipe One of the easiest and best pounds cakes I've ever made!

Malva Pudding Cake

We started with the Oolong Tea (a semi-fermented Chinese Tea), since it was one of my favorites. As she prepared everything, she taught me a little about its history and how it was served in China.

*Chinese oolong tea culture developed to a climax during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and it was at this time that “Changzhou Gong Fu Cha,” the traditional tea ceremony for oolong tea, originated and spread across China. https://www.esgreen.com/info/traditional-oolong-tea-ceremony/

First she showed her daughter and I the leaves, allowed us to smell them and we all had to share what it smelled like to us. She mentioned how when this process was done in China, it was important that everyone at the table opinions’ were respected, no matter their station. So it is considered a peaceful time because any opinion shared, was done without fear of ridicule

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Next she rinsed the leaves by pouring hot water out of an elevated teapot and into a smaller teapot containing the Oolong, while afterwards pouring the water into the water-catcher tray it sat on, hence rinsing the leaves. Following that she poured water onto the leaves, and let them steep. It was interesting watching the leaves start as tiny buds then grow into big leaves as we continued to reuse them. I posted pictures below to give a visual of this process. After we were finished the pot, we took turns smelling the leaves in order to see how differently they smelled after the first notes wore off.

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The next we tea we had was traditional whipped Matcha. She explained how the Japanese would do the ceremony for Matcha then she scooped out two almond size Matcha with a bamboo stick, placed it in the bowl and added a little cool water (this is a step I normally miss at home). I asked her why she added cool water and she said it was to eliminate the lumps in the Matcha. Next she poured in hot water, took the bamboo whisk and began to stir rapidly until it became frothy. We took turns smelling the bowl and was surprised that it had a milky/latte smell to it, then we drank about three small cups.

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The third tea we had was Pu’er or Pu’erh which is a variety of fermented tea produced in Yunnan province, China. It looks like the picture below, pieces are broken off from it and placed in the teapot to steep.

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Pu’er/Pu’erh one had a rich history and important medicinal qualities to it, which I will list below:

According to WebMD, there has been a connection to lowering cholesterol. 

*There is interest in using pu-erh tea for lowering cholesterol because, unlike other teas, it contains small amounts of a chemical called lovastatin. Lovastatin is a prescription medicine used for lowering cholesterol. Investigators think that bacteria that sometimes contaminate pu-erh tea may somehow make the lovastatin in the course of their normal life cycle. Animal research suggests that pu-erh tea might lower certain blood fats called triglycerides as well as total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. It might also raise “good” high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1169/pu-erh-tea

*It also helps with digestion, cardiovascular health and weight loss!! https://nakedmetea.com/6-reasons-to-drink-pu-erh-tea/

*Pu’er tea processing, although straightforward, is complicated by the fact that the tea itself falls into two distinct categories: the “raw” Sheng Cha and the “ripe” Shu Chá. All types of pu’er tea are created from máochá (), a mostly unoxidized green tea processed from Camellia sinensis var. assamica, which is the large leaf type of Chinese tea found in the mountains of southern and western Yunnan (in contrast to the small leaf type of tea used for typical green, oolong, black, and yellow teas found in the other parts of China).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu%27er_tea

With this tea, we had the Pound Cake with blueberries, strawberries and a dab of whip cream because Pu’er pairs well with sweets. I must say that it did, it was very good and did not lose its taste even though we were eating cake with it.

The last but not least tea we had was Jasmine Pearl and it smelled like a wonderful perfume. We had it with the South African Malva Pudding Cake and it paired well together. It was my first time having the cake, and it was so good that I found the recipe online and plan to share it with others! I must say the Jasmine Pearl Tea had the most calming effect, the smell literally filled the room and transported you to another place.

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Jasmine Pearl Tea before steeping

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In conclusion, Tea Time has become a lost art that needs to be reinstated again in all homes and places of work in America! (Just my opinion, I will get off my soap box now)

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But imagine how much more calmer we all would be if we could simply stop what we are doing at a certain time, and have a spot of tea.

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Tea Time builds friendships and allows people to stop and smell the Jasmine Pearls, lol. I would highly recommend everyone have a friend who happens to be a Professional Tea Reviewer, you could definitely learn a thing or two about Tea and one another in friendship.

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Graduate Programs, Doctorate, Advice

What is the Difference Between an Ed.D. and Ph.D.?

Good day or evening, depending on your time-zone. I just wanted to write a blog about Ed.D.’s and Ph.D.’s because I have had a few people, who do not have either degree, ask about the differences or whether one is better than the other.

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Let me preface this by saying,  six years ago I started an online Ph.D. in Business Administration but stopped after two classes because the online format was not conducive to learning for me at that time.

Three years ago I applied for two other doctoral programs: an Ed.D. (university was located in NC which is where I live) and D.Min. (university was located in VA). I was accepted to both but chose the Ed.D. because it seemed to fit my career and would allow me to teach at a university (which is what I would like to do after I retire from the K-12 system). I researched and saw that the D.Min. degree did not typically secure adjunct or full-time positions in higher education but was mostly for people working in full-time ministry. The person could teach within ministry but not in the university so that is what helped me decide between the two programs. *Instead of D.Min. I decided to do a Ministerial Training program through church, so that I still got a chance to increase learning in that area. 

After being in the Ed.D. program for a year, I was volunteering in a children’s entrepreneur program through a nonprofit and university School of Business Department. I was able to work with the Dean of the School of Business and some of other professors.

*My background as a teacher is that I taught high school business courses 8 out of my 10 years in education. I taught accounting, personal finance, computer applications, business management, career management, and technical math. My undergraduate and graduate degree is in business administration but I also have a masters in school administration with a principal’s license that I pursued once I decided to make Education my career choice. While conversing with the Dean, she told me if I planned to teach in a School of Business at the university level, I should consider switching from the Ed.D. program to a Ph.D. in Business. I told her that I thought I could still teach in the School of Business since I had a masters in business administration. She told me that I could, but would have a better chance of a full-time position if I had a Ph.D. in Business.

I went on a quest, looking up Schools of Business state and nation wide just to get a marginal figure of how many of the professors had Ed.D.’s or Ph.D.’s. While there were quite a few with Ph.D.’s there were also some Ed.D.’s. The interesting thing I noted was that Ed.D.’s were in other departments as well as long as they had a masters in the subject they were teaching. For example, a person with a masters in science and business with an Ed.D. could also teach in the School of Science or School of Business.

A person with their Ph.D. would normally be located in a department based their subject matter expertise in their Ph.D.. For example, if a person has a masters in business and science with a Ph.D. in nutrition, they would normally be located in the Nutrition Department. There is not anything wrong with this because I think if there is a passion for a certain subject area and you would like to research it and/or teach it, pursue a Ph.D. in that particular area!

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I digressed again.

So, listening to this particular Dean of a the School of Business, I decided to apply to UNC Greensboro’s School of Business because they had a really interesting program called “Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies” . The curriculum was fascinating and the amount of research their faculty had conducted was phenomenal so I was excited to apply. Long story short, I applied and got accepted.

I was at a crossroad. One year and foot into my Ed.D. program and other foot in a Ph.D. program. What was a girl to do? I had to make a decision and had three months to do it.

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I did some soul-searching, and prayed for clarification. I decided to write down some goals.

#1 Professional goal was to reach the School Superintendent level

#2 Professional goal is to become an adjunct and/or full time professor.

If you research Ed.D. degrees, they were made for K-12 level. It teaches the candidate the ins and out of a school system, and how to bring it together with the community it serves.  A school district is not an organization but a living organism that consist of a lot of different functions that depend on one another. It is a challenging but rewarding career and is the kind of work that never gets boring.

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So I asked myself this question: if I were to receive my Ph.D. from the School of Business, would I remain in the K-12 school system or would I resign and pursue something in that field? After looking in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (shout out to my former business students) I saw that the job availability in Business was slower than average and that it would be a challenge due to lack of positions so more than likely I would have chosen to stay in education even if I were to pursue the Ph.D. in Business.

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When I looked up the job availability for principal and/or school superintendent positions, it listed faster than average because of the amount of people who would be retiring.

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So remaining in the Ed.D. program was beginning too look more appealing. I also sought the advice from my mentor (a retired Assistant School Superintendent/Current full-time professor) and he mentioned that if I was going to remain in K-12, the Ed.D. was a better fit with the added perk that after I retire; I could still pursue an adjunct and/or full time professorship in the School of Education or School of Business. Although after this long journey I have been leaning more towards the School of Education. *smirk*

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In conclusion, I personally do not think one degree is better than the other because it honestly depends on what your future plans are. It is pure ignorance to make a blanket statement that one degree program is better than the other, just “because it is” without knowing the person’s career aspirations. I feel I can say this because I have been accepted into and have experienced both the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs. (Was accepted to an online Ph.D., and an in-person Ed.D. and Ph.D. program. For some, this distinction matters)

I made a decision based on my research interest, current and future career goals. All of which were according to personal preference.

At the end of the day, Ed.D.’s and Ph.D’s will be both be called, “Doctor So-And-So”.

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If you have any questions about Ed.D. or Ph.D. programs or need advice on any other graduate programs, leave a comment or email me on the contact page and I would be happy to get back to you.

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https://www.amazon.com/SchoolSpiration-Sprinkle-Wellness-Creating-Inspire-ebook/dp/B076DHB5HB

Resources for further reading:

https://www.educationdegree.com/articles/edd-and-phd-differences

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/phd-vs-edd

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_of_Education

https://www.education.pitt.edu/FutureStudents/FrequentlyAskedQuestionsFAQ/PhDorEdD.aspx