I had a conversation with two acquaintances yesterday. By conversation, I mean talking face-to-face without masks. We talked for 30 minutes or so about the events of the day. It was very enjoyable. The couple are definitely kindred spirits. I hope we can become better friends.
One topic that came up was college. The couple mentioned how they had sent their children to college, and their kids came back “brainwashed” liberals. I have heard this over and over and over. I have read about the same thing on the internet. I have heard talk radio hosts talk to hundreds of parents who tell the same story.
Colleges and universities are communist indoctrination camps. I repeat, the professors and teachers at 99% of colleges and universities want to turn your kids into liberals, at best, and communists, at worst. What is it going to take for parents to open their eyes?
I’m in my mid-40s, a late GenXer. One benefit of my age, is that I grew up in the middle of the switch from analog to digital technology. I played cassette tapes. I bought CDs. I remember dial-up internet and the AOL welcome screen. Oftentimes, it seems that I’m more familiar with technology than Boomers and Millennials – neither group seems to know how to use a computer. Anyway, my point is, I had children a little later in life, and none of them are college age.
If I have any say in it, and God willing I will, my kids will not being going to college. This is not a joke or an exaggeration. I don’t mean that I won’t send them to a commie college. What I mean is, “I’m not sending my kids to college.”
Okay, to be fair, there may be a couple exceptions to that rule. If one of my boys wants to be an engineer, we’ll look at college. Or, if one wants to be veterinarian or dentist, I’ll consider it. But that’s about it. My children won’t be going to college “for the experience” or to “grow and learn” or to “decide what they want to do in life.”
No, that’s a bunch of bullshit. I went to college for those reasons when I was young, and the debt wasn’t worth the experience. I didn’t learn much of anything relevant to what I do today. The only benefit for me at the time was having a Bachelor’s degree. The returns on that have diminished, while the cost has skyrocketed. I’ve learned more about life and economics and history and politics since graduating and working in the real world than I ever did in “college.”
Mike Rowe has been talking about trades verses college for a long time.
My plan is to raise my children up in the way they should go. I’m going to keep an eye on my kids, pay attention to their strengths and weaknesses. I’ll point them in directions where they can succeed. The trades are where it’s at these days, anyway. I want them to enjoy their work, make good money, and be independent. I want my boys to be able to support a stay-at-home wife and their kids. I want my girls to want to stay-at-home and raise Christian Americans.
I don’t want to send them to college where they’ll learn to hate America, hate me, and hate Jesus.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22