I don't know if I mentioned it or not, but this week we started back to school.
I always have to work hard the first couple of weeks to help set the new schedule into stone, so I have clung to the self-discipline of not sitting down and blogging when I should be waking up the children and getting them started.
All this is to say: I have several posts queued up in my head, but haven't written them yet, and I hope to get to one this weekend, maybe Saturday afternoon or evening.
But I want to get one started, and I thought I would start with the discussion part.
The first one I want to write is about post-high school education (call it "college" if you want, and I will here to be concise, but I mean for it to be broader than that, encompassing trade schools, apprenticeships, certain military options that include training, community colleges, and the like). Questions for readers to get the ball rolling:
Do you anticipate that your kids will graduate into a significantly different economic paradigm, when it comes to paying-for-school, from the one you entered? Will the best advice for them be different than was the best advice for you and your peers?
Are you closer to the "parents should pay for their offspring's college" end of the spectrum or the "eighteen-year-olds are adults and they should be responsible for their own post secondary education" end of the spectrum? Is that different from your parents' view? If so, why do you think your view is different?
What is parents' responsibility when it comes to educating their children? What kind of financial or other assistance do parents owe their grown or nearly-grown offspring and is there an age when it needs to stop and the offspring should be "launched?"
How would you feel about having one or more of your offspring living with you the entire time they were in college? Would they have to compensate you in some way for you to be okay with that?
If you yourself are a college graduate, how attached are you to the idea that your kids should go to college at all? To the idea that they should attend college full time immediately after high school graduation?
Student loans: good idea, bad idea, necessary evil, or "it depends?"
Mark and I have been doing a lot of talking about this lately, because we feel we should have at least a rough idea of our options by the time our oldest starts 9th grade, and that is only two years away. Take the next couple of days to throw some comments out here, and then I will start writing.