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A conversation I often have with parents is something like this:
“College? There Has Got to Be a Better Way”.
College is like a money pit and does not offer such a powerful tool to create wealth and security as perhaps it did. In fact, if chosen poorly, it generates the opposite.
So today, I want to dive into the issue a little deeper and explore some thoughts.
College? There Has Got to Be a Better Way
The college experience has some issues that often go with it.
- massive debt
- wasted time
- opportunity cost
- converting good thinking kids into – well, something else (garbage in and reprogramming)
Yet as parents, we only hear of a few alternatives
- Trade school
- Living in the basement forever
The truth is, we want for our kids the same thing that the college experience used to really offer. We want
- Opportunity to do anything they like
- Ability to earn and prosper
- Success on their own terms
So to think about this, let’s start by unpacking what college does still offer
- A plan – course plan to get a degree that maps to some career
- Measures of success – classes and grades
- Accountability – timelines, deadlines
- Credentials – diplomas showing success
Now the question is, how do we get this without college?
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