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Should Christian kids go to college?
In most cases, I don’t think so.
Mama, how much would you pay someone to unteach your children everything that you ever teach them?
That’s a ridiculous question, right?
And yet, with few exceptions, when we send our kids to college, we do just that.
We pay up to hundreds of thousands of dollars for our precious children to be untaught everything that they have taken for granted up until that point.
Of course, if my children feel called to practice medicine or pursue another specific endeavor that is worthy of the children of God that they are, then I will help them find their path at a Christian college.
But a four year free for all just because? No way Jose’.
Should Christian Kids Go To College?
Here are 7 Reasons I will not encourage my homeschooled kids to pursue college.
1. Sex Is Everywhere
Mama, we are raising our kids to believe that sex is a gift God designed for a husband and wife.
And it is hard enough under any circumstances to resist the temptation to unwrap that gift sooner than marriage.
But at college it is even harder.
Men and women share dorms and, increasingly, dorm buildings.
Students are adults, and as such, they are typically allowed to come and go to and from each other’s dorms as they please, at any hour of the day or night.
And with little to no supervision.
In many cases they are also encouraged both by peers and professors to experiment with sex and sexuality.
It is absolutely possible for our kids to enter marriage pure.
And the surest way for that to happen is by limiting the number of temptations they expose themselves to.
College is a huge expense.
For most families, it is not possible to pay for a 4-year degree without going into some type of debt.
Usually this means loans for a student, who then graduates without a job, already owing tens of thousands of dollars with no way to pay it.
Sometimes parents foot the bill with debt of their own, either by taking out a second mortgage, refinancing their home, or borrowing against a retirement account.
This either starts the student’s career on unhealthy financial ground or starts the parents’ retirement on unhealthy financial ground. Neither is consistent with God’s plan.
3. Mocking God
Unless your child attends a Christian college, it is a safe bet that she will encounter not only students, but also professors, who outright mock the Creator.
In my first semester at school, in a math class, without any relevance to the course material, my professor called Christianity a cult.
And he was one of the most Conservative faculty members.
Yes, every one of us should be prepared to defend the faith.
But we should also seek wise counsel. Sending our children to learn and develop in the midst of atheists is not wise.
4. Alcohol And Drugs
Addiction is impossible to identify before it takes hold.
Which is why we teach our kids to stay away from drugs entirely and to consider alcohol with extreme caution.
But at most colleges, alcohol and illegal drugs both flow freely.
And kids are encouraged to experiment.
In many cases, staff members who are supposed to be supervising the campus turn a blind eye to underage drinking and drug use.
And even kids who don’t use substances themselves can be affected by the poor decision-making skills of their peers.
5. Liberal Indoctrination
It is not easy to raise children to have conservative values in the world today.
It takes a lot of deliberate teaching, but also a lot of filtering out the garbage at a young age.
And while many schools will tell you that college is a place for honest and open-minded debate and discussions, this is simply not the case most of the time.
Professors, who have a paying captive audience, are predominantly liberal.
And it’s not even close.
It takes a very strong and confident personality to share an opposing view.
And students who do are often ridiculed by their peers.
After all of the time that we are spending raising our kids with Conservative values, there is no way I will pay someone to unteach them all of the same.
6. Lack Of Real World Job Skills
God tells us that the man who doesn’t work doesn’t eat.
And I believe Him.
So it is important to me that my children develop job skills that they can use in the real world.
Sure, they can read Latin American literature and learn about West African politics.
But unless they become professors themselves, that’s just not going to butter their bread.
The fact is that with very few exceptions, and those being in the sciences, college just doesn’t prepare students for careers.
I would be much happier to spend the money to pay for my children to learn trades that they can put to good use making money right away.
And then, if they still want to pay a matriculation fee to read literary criticism, they can save up to do just that
7. Safety First
It’s impossible to know what the actual statistics are on campus crime, because some statistics warn that many crimes go unreported.
But in an environment that fosters underage drinking, drug use and casual sex among people who are largely under the age of 25, it is no wonder that as many as one in five women may be sexually assaulted.
Is College The Right Place For Your Child?
Do you want your children to enjoy a fruitful future that brings them true joy?
Many times, kids head to college after finishing high school because they just don’t know what to do next.
But setting a goal and making a plan now will mean that your child won’t end up anywhere accidentally.
Start praying with and for your kids that God will show them what His calling is for their lives.
Then make a plan for what practical steps are necessary to achieve that goal.
Consider apprenticeships, trade school, and yes, Christian colleges, depending on what your child’s goals are for the future.
Then begin implementing a plan to help them achieve those goals now. So that there are fewer surprises down the road.
How are you helping your children plan for the future?
What colleges would you be comfortable considering in the coming years if your children’s goals require more education?