- - Thursday, November 28, 2019

Not all parents who pay college tuition are bourgeois — indeed, some are as “woke” as their children. But for those parents who cling to their antiquated bourgeois values and beliefs, Thanksgiving dinner this year may be more of a shock than in years past (“Pete Buttigieg releases college affordability and workforce development proposal,” Web, Nov. 18).

For many years now parents have put up with the “wokeness,” political correctness and “social justiceness” of their college-age children, only to realize the falseness of the hope that somehow a good “credential” — without a solid education undergirding it — will help their children get ahead in life.

In the view of this retired faculty member who actually received a genuinely outstanding education in my youth — which is not available anywhere today — I encourage all parents to listen carefully to their returning college-age children and ask themselves: Am I really helping my children by sending them to college or university?

If parents are honest with themselves and look critically not only at their children but also what previous generations of college graduates have done to society, I believe that the answer will be no.

Stop pouring good money after bad, pull your children from higher education, think outside the box and search for alternative ways for your children not only to survive but also to thrive.


Professor of psychology emeritus, Florida International University


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