I shared this on Facebook, but I want to share it here on the blog too. It’s well worth reading. Jacinda of Growing Home Blog does a great job of explaining what we are NOT saying when we say that college isn’t necessary for our daughters. We’re not saying girls shouldn’t be highly educated. We’re saying that their education should fit their targeted career.
Why spend 4 years and $40,000 or more training for a career that you don’t plan to follow, just in case you might someday change your mind? Why spend all your time and money on Plan B, only to find yourself unprepared for Plan A? Having a Plan B is good, but not at the expense of Plan A.
Our culture tells our girls they need to pursue a degree so they can be independent, and be able to provide for themselves (neither of which are biblical concepts). “Not everyone gets married,” they warn, “and not everyone is able to have children.”
We encourage them to pour their energies into one career, instead of recommending they study them all. We prepare them for singleness instead of God’s normative plan for women: to be wives (love their husbands), mothers (love their children), and homemakers (keepers at home…that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3).
Then, they find themselves married. They want to be godly wives but after years and years of being trained to think as an independent rather than a co-dependent, they don’t know how. They have children, but not a clue how to raise them. They have a home to manage, but are lost in the logistics of it all.