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Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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I would say continued education is expected and encouraged by here. There has never been any talk about if they will attend college or a trade school but rather what they should pursue. My DD is nearing the end of her first year in college and has had her mind set, on what career path she will take, since about 10th grade.

Strangely enough only one person in mine and my husband's family actually have a degree. I did not attend college at all, though I plan on starting in the fall. My husband took a few classes, didn't graduate but did well with his career by starting out at the bottom and working his way up from there. There are distinct financial differences though in our family in the people that took some classes and those who took none. The ones who took none are not doing as well as the ones who did.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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Expect. Any good manager will tell you that 95% of managing people is expecting them to do the right thing.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:59 PM
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. People got along fine in the past and became doctors, teachers, and scientists etc without them.
what? doctors, teachers, scientists all require a MINIMUM of a 4 year degree.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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what? doctors, teachers, scientists all require a MINIMUM of a 4 year degree.
I said "IN THE PAST", not the present.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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I expect my children are encouraged to go to college, yes.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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I said "IN THE PAST", not the present.
I don't understand your point.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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I don't understand your point.
What do you mean?
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:30 PM
 
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Nope, not going to push her to do it. Going to let her make her own choice. The last projection I saw estimated college will cost 100K a year by the time she graduates. I cannot in good conscience encourage her to start her life 250K-500K in debt (depending on schools, aid, ect). If the cost is that high I will actively be encouraging her to find some alternative.

I have said this on here before but if I could trade all of my degrees for student loan forgiveness I would in a heartbeat. So no, I won't be pushing her to go. We will see where it evolves.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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You seemed to be indicating that a degree is just a piece of paper, and not really necessary. Your examples were careers in which a degree is most definitely necessary now. I guess I don't see the relevance of a degree not being needed *in the past* to be a scientist, doctor, or teacher, since a degree is necessary for those now.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:32 PM
 
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I will encourage, and even expect, my children to learn to reason and decide things. From their, what they do with that ability is ultimately theirs to choose. I hope I am part of that conversation. But I would rather they get and *education* than a degree.
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