Most people worth their salt who never had the opportunity, would probably go to college to get a degree. There is something so poignant about higher learning, that if you are interested in working on yourself intellectually, it’s difficult not to be drawn to it. But as we know, not everyone has the same benefits afforded to them and making the decision to go back to school as an adult has an entirely different set of consequences than if you were a high school student. Making the decision to go back to school as an adult is both courageous and commendable, and while some people have this archaic idea that post-secondary education is only something attained by young adults, they obviously haven’t spent any time on a college campus. Before we jump into the array of benefits that a post secondary education can afford someone in their future endeavors, let’s take a look at some numbers first.
According to a 2009 survey that was conducted by the American Census Bureau, parents between the ages of 22 to 50, only 19% of the males and 21% of the females had a bachelor degrees. And even though it has been said that an individual with a bachelor’s degree earns on average $25,000 more a year on average, parents still have to find the resources to be able to pay for their education. And let’s not forget, not only are they having to overcome financial difficulties because they’re raising a family, moving from child-rearing into a place of academics learning is a bit of a shift in skill, and if they only have a high school education, university can seem incredibly intimidating on all fronts. In 2008, during the recession, 4.5 million students were said to have been taking at least one online course, which was an 18.5% increase from the previous year. This isn’t exactly a fair indicator since 2008 is not a fair and accurate representation of the average economic climate that Americans have been faced with, however, we’re in the year 2012, and the job situation hasn’t gotten much better so education for many, does seem to be the only way out.
Parents are dealing with a whole host of obstacles that regular college students never have to face. They’re dealing with children which means that have to divvy up their time between a 45 hours work week (the national average), and all of the responsibilities that come along with shuttling children back and forth whether it’s to daycare facilities or their myriad of activities. Parents are also responsible for maintaining a household which means that their children need to be properly clothed, fed and supported. If a parent has a choice to take on a massive tuition bill or to food into the bellies of their little ones, they’re going to choose option B every time. But when they walk out there into a world that tells them that they are practically worthless in a professional sense because they don’t have a college education, it’s the wrong message. Preaching to them isn’t going to solve the problem, financial aid will however.
Several websites have popped up over the years that are designed to help parents meet their financial needs and have money left over for a post-secondary education. Sites like eLearners.com tackle not only the financial constraints parents are experiencing, but it also addresses the low self confidence that many parents feel when their mulling over the decision to go back to school or not. Improper education is actually an epidemic in America today, which is rather ironic when you think about America’s current political positioning on the world stage. Every developing nation in the world seems to want what Americans take for granted, life, liberty and the freedom to choose an education. Parents are not the ones who take these pillars for granted, they simply don’t have the resources to accomplish their goals, and if America wants to be stronger politically, economically and socially, they have to invest in the individuals that are raising the future generations.