So the “Getting Married Young” thread has spurred a lot of debate about whether a woman should be college educated if she is not going to use her knowledge to make money (because she plans to be a stay at home mom). I was about to post my replies there, but then I realized that the thread was almost completely derailed from the original topic.
I’ll ask some questions for people to ponder and then post my own views afterwards.
In your opinion:
-Is the purpose of college only to increase the amount of money you will make in your career?
-Is learning about the world God created an intrinsically worthy pursuit?
-Is the enjoyment of learning enough reason to want to continue schooling?
-Would most people quit school after high school if there were no monetary advantage in continuing? (in this case college would probably cost less too)
-Would fewer women wish to continue schooling if they could be assured they would never have to provide for themselves?
-Is extra education worth the cost if the benefits it provides are not monetary?
-What other benefits does education provide and are they satisfied by a high school diploma?
In the other thread, MichaelSaint said he would not marry a women who had debt from college loans. He said it was irresponsible of her to incur debt if she would not be making money from her education later. This implies that her education would be a waste of money.
IMHO, the purpose of education is NOT to make money. My desire for education (particularly in chemistry and biology) comes from a love of learning and a desire to know the truth. I like to use my brain to make connections and explore cause and effect. I want to know how the world works, even if it costs money but doesn’t make me any.
I also think there are practical benefits that do come from education. It makes me respond to situations more rationally. It disciplines the mind so that I don’t make decisions based on emotions or selfish desires. It leads me to consider my own existence and the debt I owe to my creator.
Anyways, I believe that if a person still has a desire to learn after high school he or she should continue on with a college education. I don’t care if the person is female or male. Monetary concerns are valid if you cannot provide your basic needs, but I think the only way you waste money on an education is by not really learning anything.