My husband and I got an email today about a college preparation meeting that our neurotypical son’s school district was putting on. At the top of the list were high schools with dates for signing up, but down the list my son’s elementary school was listed! He is five and in kindergarten!
I’ll be honest, my husband calls me a safety nerd. I think this stims from needing to be prepared for the unforeseen triggers of meltdowns for my other son who has autism. Anyways I’m always trying to prepare for the future. But college prep for kindergarten??
Is college a lie?
I’ve been jaded by college. The whole line I was fed that if I went to college and got good grades and a good degree that I would get a great paying job right out college. I always wanted to be an elementary teacher and after getting my bachelors somehow I’m not a school teacher. The line I was fed feels like a lie.
My husband has a masters degree and he’s not getting paid a masters salary. So why should I prepare my elementary aged children for a lie?
There is a huge need for trade jobs. The average age of a plumber or electrician in the US is 55. Am I saying I don’t want my kids to be educated or have a college experience? No. I fully believe in education, fear comes from a lack of understanding. But do I want my children fed the lie that they won’t be successful without years of college? No. Trade jobs are respectable and needed.
I want my kids to think outside the box. There is more to life than going to college, walking away with possible debt, and hoping to work for someone a few years before being replaced by someone younger and faster.
I believe my kids can be successful in college but I want them to take the time and research what profession they want before stepping into any college institutions. College is too expensive to waste finding your passion there.
Things have to change
My husband says not to worry about college because he thinks things will have to change. The college institution can’t continue the way it is and something will eventually give.
Long story short. I’m trying to introduce my kids to all sorts of career ideas, not just the traditional doctor, lawyer, or hairdresser.