We don’t know how many kids we’ll have or when we’ll have them or a thousand other things about how we’ll raise our kids but my fiancee and I agree…we aren’t paying for their college! What jerks!!!
Yep, you heard that right. I don’t care how much money we have (or don’t’ have) we aren’t footing the bill for institutionalized higher education. Frankly, I’m not so sure I want to even push my child to go to college at least not in its current form.
Some blame the government for the price, some blame the banks, not enough blame the actual colleges themselves. I guess there’s plenty of blame to go around but the fact is the cost/benefit analysis is trending in the wrong direction. Vocational work, entrepreneurship, and apprenticeships are looking better and better every year.
Even if my children do decide to go to college the traditional way they’ll work for it. We’ll encourage them to get jobs in high school (gasp!), save their money, start with two-year degrees, and expect them to pay their way through work.
Why do you ask? Because education isn’t an entitlement. It’s something that should be earned and thus appreciated. My kids won’t be drinking themselves into a stupper and skipping classes because they’ll be working for every dime that paid for the classes they’d be skipping. Or maybe they won’t be in school at all because they’ll have started a business or be working under someone learning a skill.
Let me be clear. I’m not against higher education. I’m a life long learner and I can honestly say I continue to study things through online courses, books, and this amazing thing called the internet. I will be sure that my children continue to learn. They will learn from the jobs they have, the books they read, the lessons my future wife and I teach them, and so many more avenues. They may even learn from a college…but they will earn that learning with their own hard work.
Yep…may kids will think I’m a jerk at times because they may have to get a job rather then join four different sports teams. But I’m ok with that. They’ll thank me in the end.