David T. Morse is a Professor of Educational Psychology, Mississippi State University. His research interests are applied measurement, statistics, and giftedness. He served as the executive editor for The Journal of Experimental Education. He served as technical consultant to the Mississippi Department of Education.
“My opinion of the Hizmet Movement is that it’s one of the most astonishingly effective implementations of trying to turn belief into practice that I’ve seen face to face in my lifetime. Clearly, there are many, many folks who have dedicated themselves to the Movement. The ideals underlying the Movement are very simple in form, and yet very powerful at the same time… all folks, no matter what their walk of life, no matter what their background, have the same rights and privileges, and those should not be impacted by any sort of government intervention.”
“The importance of Hizmet’s interfaith activities are, I think, several. First and perhaps most obvious, we have the idea that, as I was saying before, we’re speaking of an inclusionary or an open-arms approach to dealing with other people. In other words, we accept you for what you are, we can talk about our common beliefs.”
“The emphasis in the Hizmet Movement on education, I think follows Gülen’s notion that it is the lever that’s going to propel society forward. And towards that end, anything that one can do to make it more available, to make it of better quality, and help students move successfully in the ladder towards matriculation to higher education and job opportunities is only going to serve to improve the economy, improve the society, and improve the cultural benefits all around. The Gülen-inspired schools are really a joy to see.”