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Many years ago, I attended a Christian school that was very college-prep in nature. I didn’t have aspirations to attend college, but was made to feel like that would not be a wise decision by a few of my teachers. I felt forced into college, so I ended up choosing a major that I wasn’t even entirely interested in (Early Childhood Education) and I headed off for my first semester at the local community college. By the time I got to the second semester and actually had the opportunity to get into some daycare centers, I realized this was NOT the track I wanted to be on. I quit college after two semesters and got a very good job at a local insurance agency. I have never regretted that decision.
As a homeschool mom whose kids are growing up way too quickly, we’d had to at least consider college and whether or not my kids want to be headed in that direction. My first daughter, who graduated last spring, wasn’t interested in college – at least, not yet. She’s been working and is very much enjoying the workforce. She’s a quick learner and a fast and detailed worker. She enjoys the office environment, and hasn’t regretted her decision to go that direction.
My second daughter is in her first year of high school this year, so we’ve been discussing her future a lot lately. She is a major homebody and not the least bit interested in college. BUT, she’s very gifted and musically talented. Right now, we’re hoping that by the time she’s ready for college, she will be able to take all classes from home (if that’s the direction she wants to go).
I was anxious to get my hands on this book.
The American system of higher education comprises some of the best universities, teachers, and students the world has ever seen. Millions of students around the globe want nothing more in their life than to attend an American university. However, many of America’s colleges and universities today have serious academic, institutional, and other performance problems, and it is quickly approaching a crisis point, if it’s not there already. Despite some excellent colleges and quality programs at many colleges, too much of higher education is wildly expensive. Students often graduate having learned little, or don’t graduate at all. They are indoctrinated with liberal politics and subjected to all types of non-academic distractions. For these reasons, many students would be better served exploring other educational alternatives.
In Is College Worth It?, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol assess the problems of American higher education at various levels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves our students.
I was glad that the authors were so straightforward and honest! Let’s face it, college isn’t for everyone. Our country has strayed so far from what college once was – a track for those who were interested in things like medicine, law, etc. Nowadays, everyone is pretty much forced into college, whether they are gifted in an area or not. So many people end up in college longer than 4 years because they change their majors at least once (if not several times). College costs are so high that many kids are finishing up with such large debts that they have bills to pay for many, many years. Then, they can’t get jobs in their field, so they end up having to work in entry-level positions, making low wages. They’re stuck living at home with their parents because they aren’t making enough to support themselves and pay off their debts.
While I pretty much knew all of this, it was very interesting to read the statistics and actually see it laid out in print.
I feel so much better about the decisions that we have made as a family, so far, and about the decisions that will be made in the future. This book has enlightened me in many ways. I am very thankful to the authors for stepping out and writing this book. I think every parent should read this book and familiarize themselves with the facts. Be prepared!