When children are young they have a desire to become something. We live in a society that encourages children to go to college. When I was young I heard it loud and clear in my home that college was a great option for my life. I think that both of my parents encouraged me to attend college so I could receive an education. When I graduated from high school I went to college but I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life (that would be a legal source of income).
I start that story out with society and then make it more personal. See while I was in class this week my prof said something that I will hold as truth:
People no longer go to college to receive an education but to get a jobYou said what!
You are kidding me!
You want to think that students are no longer going to college to get an education but to get a job?
Think about that for a minute. Now think about it for another minute if it still doesn't register with you. I have thought about it for four days and I think its true.
I talk to students about going to college and I always ask them what they want to do after college. I want to change my question to something like this:
What do you hope to learn in college?
How will that change the way you think?How cool would it be if we started encouraging students to learn? Now I can't do this on my own. I need help from adult leaders in our ministry. I need to be able to communicate with parents on how we can encourage education over vocation.
A road block to this is going to be google. I can't believe I just said that because I love google but the truth is because of google I do not have to retain knowledge in my mind because I know where knowledge can be found. I would love to see the community I live in encourage students to do more than just hope to get a job in life but to get an education that teaches them to think.
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