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Hoggirl wrote:Edit: sorry - I don't know how to make the quote be in a gray box.
WesmoreDad wrote:I think we tend to oversimplify when we assume excessive wealth for everyone sending their kid where they want to go, be it some expensive private college or out-of-state to a Berkeley or UVa, or Michigan, all three of which are going to cost you around what you'd pay for a private college. I know a lot of people "figuring it out".
WesmoreDad wrote:There is a clearly identifiable, and somewhat pedantic, cohort on CC that puts forth a fairly narrow view of what college is supposed to be. There is often a rescuing, "it all depends on the kid", qualifier, but in the end, the view tends towards the pragmatic, and things like living in a dorm and going away and being exposed to this or that seldom makes their list of priorities or values. Their focus is almost entirely on career outcomes, and tends to pooh-pooh the idea of learning for learning's sake, and also tends to dismiss the important of liberal educations in the classic sense.
There's no mystery from whence that view originates: it is all about economics. And on that point, I can't really blame them. It doesn't change the underlying merits when it comes to considering some of the non-pragmatic benefits of college, but it's there nonetheless.