After finishing my previous post about college, I realized I want to expand a bit on what I briefly mentioned in the last paragraph of my post. I repeat: I am not against education. You'll never hear me say something like that. I'm against what usually comes in one package with college education: young people in an immoral, ungodly, unsafe, extremely stressful environment, accumulating debt; young women, away from the protection of their parents, under a million of dangerous influences, brainwashed with feminism, careerism, Marxism and atheism.
When we try to examine a certain method of education, be it college, professional courses, or any other thing, we should ask ourselves the following question: how well does it prepare us for the role we want to dedicate our lives too (this goes, of course, for men as well as women). If we dream, as young women, about marriage and family, about starting a good life with a good man as our husband and having lots of children, how fitting would it be for us to spend long years in a pushy, overstressed, career-centered course of studies, being told in every way that our dream is inferior, impractical, unworthy, and should be put off for as long as possible?
And even if a girl isn't told this directly, is she being subtly swayed? Is she preparing to become a wife, and how seriously? Do her studies leave time and space to practice homemaking skills and domestic responsibilities, or is it all about 'fun' and escaping her parents' authority? I lived at home during my college years, which I think was great, but I still had very little time left for anything but my studies. Of course, my degree included cooking classes, menu planning, food safety, and of course lots of medicine and nutrition, which are important for a future homemaker.
Some may argue that a girl never really knows for sure she will be a wife and mother until she actually becomes one. Neither do we know how soon it will happen. This is true. We have dreams, but God might have other plans for us as He weaves the beautiful tapestry of our lives. Maybe I dream of getting married young and becoming a mother to many lovely children, but God's plan is that I will struggle with long years of infertility and then become an adoptive parent. Some will never get married. We can't say which is 'better', because we are all unique. But on a large scale, most women will become wives and mothers. Should we go through our years as unmarried daughters unprepared for this important work? That would be impractical and unwise, if I may say so.
And if a woman never marries, are those homemaking skills lost? No, of course not! A single woman can use those abilities in countless ways, to take care of her own family, to extend her fellowship to others, and live a life of truly beautiful femininity.
While reforming the system is a long, hard process which might take many years to start, we can seek creative solutions even today. There are options for getting a degree online (though I must say I would welcome more variety here); or we can just think out of the box and do creative learning. Many of us are autodidactic anyway and learn better on our own.
As I'm unpacking my things now, and putting in place my Spanish notebooks, Finnish grammar books, history books, craft journals and fine classic Russian literature, I realized I owe my good education not to public school (more on this in future posts) and not to college (which gave me some practical skills but no general education), but only to my mother, who cultivated my love for learning and encouraged me to read any good book I could lay my hands on.