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According to the 2010 Gallup poll, 92 percent of parents want their children to attend college versus the 82 percent in 1995.

College decision should belong to students, not mom and dad

Every year, high school graduates face the decision to either keep attending school or leap into the working world.
According to the 2010 Gallup poll, 92 percent of parents want their children to attend college versus the 82 percent in 1995. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 69 percent of those students enroll directly after high school versus the 62 percent in 1995.

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Parents want their children to succeed. Ideally, adults with degrees have a better chance of getting jobs compared to those with a simple high school education.
During this time of job scarcity, anything that could help should be taken up on.
However, not everyone is meant to go college.
The decision to pursue the classroom after high school should lies solely on the student. They are the ones that have to study and go to class, not their parents. If the adolescent does not want to be at college, he or she will fail, causing the parents and the student unnecessary debt.
My parents expected me to go to college. My mother went to a local technical school, and my dad dropped out of college for family reasons. I went to a school for six years that stressed grades so much your admission depended on it. That pressure helped my outlook on school and got me through high school to here.
I have always seen college in my future; it was my choice to come. I was raised that college will help you get a good a job, but I wanted the challenge and experience of living on my own while pursuing a higher education.
Some students do attend but end up dropping out due to expenses or personal reasons. Others just need a break and leave, returning when they are ready to continue their degree.
In 2006, my brother attended a Christian college and ended up leaving after a year. He was hesitant about the decision anyways and still is paying off his loans from that one year.
If anything were to ever happen in my family where they needed me at home, I would leave in a second. I know they would not wish that, but my family is more important than my future career.
I am thankful for loans and HOPE as far as finances go. Both have helped my family, and others, allowing me to better my future.
There are jobs out there that do not need a degree. It could help but is not always necessary. It is unfair to push teenagers, and even children, into attending a university. If they do not want to, don’t make them.
Normally, parents want what’s best for their kids, and, for some, college is not it.

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