I remember as a student, one of my professors asked (on day two if I remember correctly), “do we teach education or do we teach to pass the board exams?” Well, soon, I suppose you will know. He was right, as I now know the answer to that question. By the way, the exam is The National Board Exam for funeral director and embalming licensing.
It seems that my early professor was not the only one with the question about the educational standards. The Funeral Ethics Association is bringing that old question out and dusting it off. In a letter to the American Board of Funeral Service Education, the agency responsible for mortuary and funeral service program accreditation, the FEA is pointing out a number of deficiencies.
- Failure to cover Federal Trade Commission guidelines, which are designed to protect the consumer. This creates a true liability situation.
- Board exam study guides are outdated by, what some say, forty years or more and irrelevant in today’s environment.
- A recent survey revealed that some schools openly admit to teaching for the National Board Exam, leaving a number of relevant topics out of the classroom.
Recently, I had a conversation with a mortuary student in the Houston area. When I asked him about the curriculum, his response was, “you know, pay your fee and pass with a B.” By the way, the exam is The National Board Exam for funeral director and embalming licensing.
So why teach for The National Board Exam? The correct percentage of passing scores determines accreditation. I guess as long as accreditation remains, then the rest can just take care of itself somehow.