Pathway is a terrific example of what genuine Christian service looks like in
the 21st century. It has been carefully designed to be scalable and sustainable,
it's geared to the abilities of those who need a helping hand without
creating dependency, and it offers great value at a very reasonable price
without encouraging crushing debt.Of course Pathway will be
criticized by those who oppose all the good the Church does, just as the Plan of
Salvation is under attack by those who think they know better. Meanwhile, the
Church will simply march on, confounding its critics.
This looks like nothing more than a missionary or home teaching tool. Too bad it
could have been a positive thing but when you look at it there is nothing done
by the church without an expectation of return, just the business model I guess.
@MoreManFrom 2011-2013 my wife and I were pathway missionaries for 2 years
in the San Diego area. It was a lot of work and we helped quite a few students
some of whom now have their bachelor's degrees. It is not an on-line
Madrasa as you imply. None of our students are involved in earning a degree in
theology. Why, the cynical comment? Pathway is a wonderful program that can be
so beneficial to a lot of people.
It could also be considered an online theological Madrasa designed to keep
members within the fold and recruit new ones. Wouldn't science and math be
more useful than religious studies... Mormons spend 3 hours every Sunday plus
innumerable others throughout the course of their lives studying the
I'm teaching online courses for UC Irvine. It is hard work, but very
rewarding. My classes are world-wide. I often have students in Europe and Asia,
Australia. English is required ... it is the Lingua Franca of the world. My
classes are technical, but very popular.Pathway sounds great. It is
different from UCI's online programs. Much cheaper, and starts at the
beginning. Today, millions of people in the US are under-educated. Gone are the
factory jobs of 20 years ago. The job market is technical, service oriented,
retail, financial. Factory work is heavily automated - factory workers must be
technical.Trump's grandiose promises for the workers will fail,
because those rustbelt jobs will never come back. Easing pollution control and
tariffs won't work. Education and training for American workers is
essential, because only through education can those displaced American workers
be able to get jobs. Pathway could become a very great thing.
Pathway is a great way, I think, for the Church to help people get access to one
of the greatest equalizers known to mankind: education. BYU-Idaho's online
offerings are limited (as are most online programs), but many of the degrees are
highly relevant and applicable, especially for someone who may already have
several years of experience in the workforce.
The enormity of Pathway boggles the mind with it's worldwide potential.
Simply put it is unfathomable in what it offers all of Heavenly Father's
Education has always been a very important part of life and it is great to see
those who have been sidelined along their path or overlooked another option for
educational growth. Kudos to the LDS Church and BYU for providing this service.