Join Date: May 2002
Location: like Siberia, but with better restaurants
I've known parents like that, where their kids hated school and didn't do their homework and barely passed but the parents were hell-bent on sending their kids to college, and it made no sense to me, either.
Some of these kids were bright underachievers. From my observations, bright underachievers do way better when they have a specific goal and a motivation and letting them spend a few years post-high school experiencing the joys of working shit jobs for a living will help them see a purpose in college beyond getting Mom and Dad off your back.
I've also known parents who would not even for a minute consider the local community college, despite the fact that their bright underachiever never turned in papers and got grades too low to get into the U of M (which admittedly is the 4th most competitive college in the state) ... and instead went into debt to send their kid to one of the local private colleges that will admit almost anyone with a pulse.
I don't get it.
In my case, yes, I expect my kids to go to college. The high school student has continued to be a high-achieving genius snowflake. The middle schooler is also a high-achieving genius snowflake but whether she'll stay high-achieving in high school is one of those things I hesitate to make predictions about.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.