Let me start by saying that I support college students and graduates. I’m a college graduate. So, if you’re reading this blog and you’re upset already, relax!
There are other options for students after high school. Years ago, going to college and getting a good job was ideal. People actually were able to live comfortable lives. That was then. We are in a new era!
Schools are thrusting college down the throats of our children. Half of college students are in remedial courses. What does that mean? Our high school students are not proficient, they are performing grade level. So, they pile up in remedial courses and spend more than four years in college.
So, why do we need to STOP telling our children to go to school and get a job?
1. College is not the only option. Check out some of the world’s most successful people – entrepreneurs especially. There are so many promising careers that will supply a hefty salary. A college degree does not guarantee you a job or a decent salary. Many students graduate begging for a job or two. And, college really ISNT a reality for many high school seniors. Say what you may, but everyone cannot attend college nor does everyone want to attend college.
2. Job has a new definition – Just Over Broke. Too many students, myself included, have spent thousands on a degree. We graduate then we find a job that barely pays a salary to I help us afford a very comfortable lifestyle.
3. We are limiting children’s creativity. “Go to college so you can get a good job.” What is this saying to a child? “Spend thousands on a degree, become an employee, and try to make ends meet.” There’s more to life than becoming someone’s employee. Allow children to be creative. They need to discover different opportunities.
This is the hard truth. This information may not “rub some people the right way.” Why? Most people are comfortable with sinking in debt and applying to a job…a job that won’t really help to pay off the debt. Trust me, I know. I never thought this would be my perspective. I was pro college for everyone no matter what! After all, I’m a school teacher. It seemed normal to think that way. I’m thankful for experience and enlightenment.
Student loan debt outweighs credit card debt in America.
Share your thoughts with me! Are you content with your child not going to college? Have you talked to children about opportunities after high school other than college?