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  • 08Aug

    A commonly-quoted statistic states that 80% of college graduates are not working in their primary field of study. Another is that 50% of college students change their majors at least once before graduating.

    In an online discussion of the validity of the 80% statistic, an appropriately named participant, Eureka, stated, “Also you should remember that many people attend college and choose majors before they really know enough about themselves to know what they want to do with their lives, and thus may end up changing fields.” I couldn’t agree more.

    College is the first time we give students the freedom to explore their interests by learning whatever they want. So, it should be no surprise when their first declared major is not what they graduate in. Nor should it surprise us that some push through (due to economic and/or parental pressures) and graduate in a field in which they realize they have no desire to work. Can someone say, “inefficient”?

    Again, the first time students are given broad freedom to discover what they want to do with their lives is in college. It’s also the most-expensive place to do that! Remember, every class your child takes in a major she’ll transfer from is going to cost you real money; the books alone will be in the $100 range – used.

    The solution? Better sit down. The solution is to give students freedom to explore their interests BEFORE they reach college, where it’s not so expensive.

    The bad news is that our society is locked into the Prussian conveyor belt educational model. So there are precious few schools that allow students the kind of freedom needed to discover their particular gift to society. Ironically, there are only a couple dozen freedom-based schools in the United States. You’d think in “The Land of the Free” such schools would dot the countryside.

    So, if you don’t happen to live in commuting distance from one of these freedom-based schools, your options are rather limited. These come to mind:

    • Start one yourself. (The first freedom-based school has a startup kit).
    • Encourage your child to explore their interests during the Summers. (Our entertainment-rich economy may give you some serious competition — you may have to put limits on it.)
    • Home School using the “unschooling” method.
    • You might try sitting down with them in the evenings the Summer before their Freshman year in high school and circling classes that they think sound interesting in the class catalog from a nearby university.

    Good luck!

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