Is College All It Is Cracked Up To Be?

My girls are far past college age.  Both graduated from a fine Christian university.  My grandkids are several years from college age, the oldest is the closest, only four or five years away.  I have as of late been thinking about college.

With the state of colleges these days, liberal think-tanks (see below), why would a conservative parent want to immerse their teenager into that domain?

In a recent Pew Research Center study, Americans with college degrees are to the left of of the majority of Americans who lack a college degree.  Among those with graduate education of some form (not even a graduate), 31 percent hold consistently liberal positions based on an analysis of their opinions about the role and performance of government, social issues, the environment and other topics. Another 23 percent hold mostly liberal positions. Only 10 percent hold consistently conservative positions, and 17 percent hold mostly conservative positions.

Is college all it is cracked up to be?  Perhaps conservative parents should attempt to discover another route?  Online degrees are available from places like Liberty University, Moody Bible Institute (my alma mater), and others.  Perhaps a high school graduate should be encouraged to go to work after high school, learn a trade, find something that interests them and work in that field, earning money while taking online courses?  While I do not have to make the choice, I pray for those parents who do.  

What are your thoughts?

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10 comments

  1. I agree grounding in God’s Word is most important. Our values should be based on Christ and His Word. That way when weird concepts are taught or goes against God’s Word we can know the truth from the untruth. I remember some times that did happen in school. I remember thinking “that’s a weird concept or idea.” But who will I believe and rely on? God’s truth or the world’s? For times like that I am grateful the Lord was always with me to pass the class and not let the ideology taught affect my values in Christ. Going to church also helped me tremendously.

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    1. You went to Fresno State. Did you sense a lot of liberalism while you were there? You mention the “ideology” that was taught there. Do you have some examples of things taught which went against your values? I agree too that a church goer (to a Bible teaching church) is less likely to be influenced by the world.

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      1. Some in the social sciences classes, but not all of them. One example was like the idea of how man and woman were part of one body, then they split. And how sometimes the body that split could’ve been two males or two females. I don’t know if the professor teaching believed that or taught it because it was part of the information from the curriculum. In one class, a news interview was shown of someone sharing what God’s Word says on homosexuality and the class ridiculed it and made it seem like the person saying it was mentally ill practically. I remember in that class someone mentioned they did come from a conservative background and had those conservative values, but once they came to college and had experienced a different culture than what they were raised in, they didn’t possess those same conservative values as much. Outside of class for events or other things, I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t that involved at school. I mostly just went to class and then back home. I think a lot of it has to do with who you hang out with also. If most of your friends have a more liberal stance, chances are they’ll rub off on you.

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  2. I think learning a trade is a great option. I do think attending a Christian college increases a person’s chance of finding a like-minded Christian spouse. The difficulty of finding a Christian marriage partner is increasing for young people from what I have seen and heard.

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    1. Definitely finding a Christian spouse is so important and it worked for you! There are also good, Bible teaching, large churches in most cities where a young person can be involved in Bible studies and activitites and hopefully meet a Godly spouse there (that is how it worked for me!).

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  3. My grandson just graduated from high school. He has chosen to go to Midland Tech for building and construction. He has always love working with his hands and was in Robotic’s all 4 years of high school. He wants to get his contractors license. He will be able to make a fine living doing something he enjoys and will not be brain washed in the process. I am proud of him for his choices.
    My oldest grandson decided to go to a tech school and is now a ford mechanic and makes $35 and hour at a very successful ford dealership and that only being there 3 years so far. I don’t think that is to bad for a 23 year old.
    I see nothing wrong with going to a tech school or going to on line school. I hear of so many young people that have gone to universities, are in incredible debt. and are not even in the profession they went to school for. Universities are wonderful for learning but in our world today I would be very earnest in knowing everything that my child is being taught, not just academically but social. Praying that my child is grounded in the Word and knowing what and why they believe.

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    1. Tech schools are a great option because the student is learning a skill. Some of the degrees offered in colleges and universities are essentially worthless in the real world. Grounding in the Word, as you said, is what we need to pray for!

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  4. Interesting read! Sad I had to drop out of high school and had to achieved my GED (Good Enough Diploma) in prison. Thanks for sharing…

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