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Charles Koski, Fargo, Published March 10 2013

Letter: Biblical common sense in order for higher ed

‘When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV)

It appears to me that the opponents in the current chancellor controversy should step back and examine themselves in the light of this wise advice from Scripture. The actions of both sides, as reported in the media, appear to be rather childish.

The student government resolutions of “no confidence” in the chancellor are a childish response that should be viewed in that context. Fortunately the Dickinson State student government leadership, to their credit, had the maturity to recognize that they did not have enough information to take a vote.

The apparent arbitrary nature of some of the actions of the chancellor would also seem to demonstrate a similar pattern of childish behavior. Let’s follow good advice and put childish ways behind us. A mature response should be: “Come let us reason together.”(Isaiah 1:18 NIV)

Opening lines of communication between concerned parties and following the above practical biblical principles should result in less fire, less heat and more light. Open forums, which include elements of mutual respect, definition of problems and a desire to search for a mutually satisfactory solution, that involve student, faculty, the chancellor, members of the Board of Higher Education and public participation have the potential to lead to not only an improved system of higher education in North Dakota but also an increased confidence in the current higher education structure of governance.

This opinion may seem to have an element of naiveté, but I believe that is possible to accomplish the desired objective.