Most Americans instinctively know something's wrong with our nation's families, culture, politics, and education system. What we don't clearly know is how to resist these negative changes in a meaningful way. Scripture tells us that if we aren't for God, then we're against God. In order to be part of the meaningful reinstatement of Godly principles in our culture, we cannot simply go along with the cultural status quo. For many families, this means K-12 homeschooling. But what about the ever-elusive, increasingly expensive notion of higher education which we're told is bankrupting young adults yet failing to secure their future.
How do we ensure our youth can financially support their families in an ever-changing jobs market without risking their commitment to Christ on the dangerous road to cultural acceptance?
After going the traditional college route, I quickly discovered it wasn't right for me. I'm currently working on completing my degree from Liberty University online in under 2 years. For some, college is the right path, and I respect the ability of those who go to 'traditional' college to make it through with their Christ relationship in tact. For me though, I chose to be at home in part to dedicate my single college years to drawing closer to Christ.
The media tells families that in order to achieve financial success and personal happiness they must purchase a 4-year, $80,000 degree which may guarantee a job post-graduation. What they don't tell you is that the traditional college route is really an exchange of goods- exchange your family's hard-saved money, 4 years, and a meaningful period of personal growth with Christ for 4 years of liberal propaganda, personal de-evolution, and a degree hardly worth the paper it's written on. If they make it out alive, only 50% will be employed in their field of study, 40% will need more education and 17% will have debt over $30,000.
Are there any viable alternatives to the traditional college route?
1) College-Plus. A mix of online classes and college exemption exams. Around $15,000 for a degree.
2) Small business ownership. Did you know that 2/3 of homeschool graduates own a small business?
3) Online schooling
4) Christian colleges
5) Internship and apprenticeship experience -- many employers look more at real-world experience than a diploma. There are quite a few conservative political and social groups that promote based on internship experience.
6) Non-profit work. Demonstrating experience, passion, and willingness to learn new skills are essential. Volunteer experience combined with internships make a great combo for a future in non-profit or Christian work.
8) Specialized certification and training. Many jobs only require a certification: insurance salesmen, travel agents, transcriptionists, real estate agents, fitness trainers, drafters...
9) Community college. Completing of 60% of your degree at a community college can cut your total cost in half.
10) Volunteer experience. Everyone needs free labor! Some volunteers get the inside scoop on internships and new positions. When I volunteered at a National Park Site they wanted to hire me for a seasonal position- all without a degree. At the very least, volunteerism opportunities provide great references.