OPEN THREAD: Will you encourage your children to attend your alma mater?
This comes at the recommendation of one of our SF readers, and I thought it was a great one.
In essence, this commenter won’t be sending his children to his alma mater, in large part because of
“the spiritual disadvantages as well as the problem of teaching kids about the concept of worldview, and then giving them a bad one. From spiritual and financial standpoints, it’s probably better to send your kid to a state-run school and then pocket the extra $15 g’s. At least the secular education they get there doesn’t claim to be Christian.”
I’m fairly confident that I agree with our commenter’s general thesis. It’s deeply deflating for children who have been raised in the Christian faith to go off to a “Christian school” and discover that the 1) worldview, 2) practice, and 3) people are anything but Christian.
But there’s *another* sense in which I suspect quite a few conservatives [generally conservative, not Christian conservative] won’t be sending their children to their alma maters, and that’s the sense that so many of us have that in large part academia has been taken over by a niche segment of administrators and professors who hold antithetical beliefs, values, and worldviews to most of us.
So I’ll add to our anonymous commenter’s question: do you contribute financially to your alma mater?
And if you’re not sending your children to your alma mater, where would you send them?
My answers to all three questions [though I don’t have children] are 1) no, 2) no, and 3) a local college—either state or private—that has the people in it to form my child’s “network”—either professional or regional, or Hillsdale College. In the case of the former college option I’d use one of the good conservative ranking guides out there to select the most substantive one I could find, as long as my primary consideration—a good professional and social network—was met.
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