After waxing poetic about University life yesterday, it may come as a surprise that I am quite happy my son is (probably) going to spend the first two years of higher education at the junior college.
There are many reasons for going this route. First is the obvious financial considerations. Even though the junior college has raised their fees along with universities, they continue to be a financial bargain. Especially if they care enough to employee well qualified instructors (which ours does). I was very pleased with the instructors and administrators we dealt with when my son was taking an advanced math class last semester.
Second, in our junior college, there is a far greater instructor-student ratio than one gets at the University (where Freshman classes are known to be hundreds...and hundreds...of students and probably taught by graduate students rather than full professors).
Third, the junior college has already worked with my son's ADD symptoms by letting him take his tests in a separate room. My husband and I believe this will help immensely as he goes through his first two years of college.
Now, here is where my change in thinking gets more controversial. I hope you don't leave comments blasting my thinking but...I don't believe a college education is in God's will for every teenager. I don't believe it is written in some Parent's Legal Document that we are required to pay for higher education. I don't believe it is the best way to go for every person, either.
There is a young man building a house near where we live. He's in the process of cutting down the trees and clearing the land. He's going to build a small house first (as did his father and his grandfather). His father offered both of his sons either a college education or the money for land and a small house. His brother chose to become an engineer and went to a four year engineering college (and is doing quite well). This young man made the decision to work in a factory with his father while becoming trained as an auto mechanic. He loves cars. He was delighted to help my husband work on our car.
Two brothers who are both successful in their parent's eyes but going in two directions.
Don't get me wrong, I believe it is still necessary to have an advanced degree if God is calling a young person into a profession where one is needed. However, are we sending our kids to college for the "experience" or a real education? I've known a lot of young people who came out of college deeply in debt (or their parents in debt) who have had a delightful experience and a lot of fun but no real training for real life.
Okay, end of my ranting and off my soapbox...back to tea and books. :)