Indeed, when I was back in high school I always felt as if I was in a prison specially made for kids, it was boring, uneventful, and not very challenging, well, at least for me. What I really wanted to do was take the GED my sophomore year and go to college instead. In hindsight, I realize now I should have pushed that agenda, but at the time I had opposition; my parents. I’d say today, it might be wise to have your kids pursue such a strategy, that is to say, advance out of high school into college early. There are a number of advantages to doing this.
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal on December 19, 2012 titled “A Springboard to Higher Education – More Students Are Taking Community College Courses While in High School,” by Caroline Porter. Imagine that you homeschool your kids, and they are busy taking college community classes getting their general education out of the way, and are ready to go to a four-year college with only two years left to get their bachelor’s degree while all the other kids are merely finishing high school.
How much money do you think that will save your household? Further, why subject your own children to economic enslavement through college tuition loans, when you can save them two years of costs right off the top, and have them two years ahead of the game, and ahead of their peers in the process? Not long ago, I was at a Christmas party and I met someone who worked with a foundation which helped students get to wish and free community college money, and all their books paid for. If the kids had good grades, this nonprofit foundation would foot the rest of the bill.
In other words, not only will your kids be two years ahead of the game, if you play your cards right it may not cost you anything. Imagine that? There are ways around the high cost of college, and might I add that much of the cost isn’t worth the price. Forgoing some of those expenses cannot only help your family, but also put your offspring well ahead of the game.
It’s definitely something to look into. Like I said, if I had to do it over again I would have left my sophomore year, gone straight to community college because much of it was a repeat of the college prep classes I took in high school my junior and senior year anyway. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.