> Jimmy Cincinnati Wrote:
> That said, I don't think that young people can be blamed for amassing
> school debt when every high school is basically just prepping kids for
> There is a level of personal responsibility that is on them, but i can
> understand how at 17 or 18 years old and given the vast array of school
> options most dont think beyond the moment. Kids are impulsive and need
> good guidance, which sadly neither many parents or counselors seem to be
> giving these days. "Go out of state for the experience... obtain that
> masters and work as a social worker!... ignore the $150k student loan
> bill and the $40-50K a year average salary."
Kids in High School aren't considered legally responsible enough to drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes, or individually apply for military service, but they are responsible enough to make a decision that will affect them for the next 20+ years?
If I told my kid to sign up for college and such, and two years in they said "I blame you for not exposing me to more options," it's 100% my fault.
Imagine that the people telling your children they "need" to get into that good school are employed by (read: paid by) the education system. GASP. Imagine more, they are being told by corporations that When you get out, if you don't spend that money, you won't get a job. GASP. Imagine now you've completed your Bachelors with a fair amount of debt and get a foot in the door, only to find the only way of progressing up the ladder (to make money) is to spend money on another degree. DOUBLE GASP.
I have an undergrad degree, and NO JOB that I could get with that degree would ever pay enough to both pay a livable wage AND cover my student loan costs AND save money for anything I care about.
That, is the problem. I do not under VALUE my degree, at all: it has given me opportunity and let me diversify my employment.
But I do think that the attached COST is disproportionate.