I finally downloaded the 2005 WT CD (thanks to link posted by Vanilla Mocha on another thread) from http://www.watchtower.cc . For a while now, I have been wanting to find a copy of a publication that was issued in the early 1990s regarding education.
This publication (a brochure, I think) had the same title as a 1992 Watchtower article that I found on the cd-rom - Education and Jehovah's Witnesses. However, my memory is that the brochure was more direct in actually encouraging Witnesses to prepare themselves educationally for gainful employment (while I am sure it still had the required admonition to full-time service and supporting oneself in that endeavor).
"Party line" was that pioneers needed to be able to earn a "living wage". "Scuttle butt" was that the Society needed computer and tech-competent Bethelites and had very few because, of course, postsecondary education had been virtually forbidden (in reality -- whether in print or not I'm not certain) up until that time.
What I remember very clearly was that I became exceedingly angry when this brochure came out, for the following reasons:
1) I was very resentful that my young opportunity to attend college had been nixed due to the WTS policy at that time (1970).
2) I was upset that my children now had permission to attend college, but no means to do so BECAUSE WE HAD NOT PREPARED FOR THIS due to the WTS policy up to that time.
Anyway, if anyone has a copy of the brochure I am mentioning (which DOES NOT appear on the CD-ROM although the Watchtower article of the same name does), could you let me know? If there is any way I could purchase a copy or a scanned copy, I would really like to have this on file.
BTW, my husband started college in 1995 and I started in 1996. We both got 2 year college degrees; I am still working on my bachelor's degree but being over 50 and working full-time makes it slow going.
Thanks in advance!
Ruth aka NanaR