While growing up, I never seriously considered the prospective of going away to college. I understood that, according to the Scriptures, a woman’s role involved being a homemaker … and that was my hope and desire. I did not think that college could help me attain that goal and I was somewhat familiar with the dangers of the college system.
I knew about friends who were still paying off student loans nearly twenty years after they had graduated. One friend shared his story of finally dropping out of college because of the immoral content in the classes he was forced to attend. Another friend went for a degree that immersed her into a very homosexual atmosphere; she got her degree, worked for several years and then came home to raise a family.
Stories like these convinced me that college was not a safe or beneficial place for a young woman to attend but reading this book confirmed that viewpoint many times over! Melanie Ellison, author of Chucking College, wrote an article for Shining Stars Volume Five Number One titled “From College’s Tsunami to Home’s Shalom”. Having spent one year at a supposedly Christian college, Melanie shared her concerns about the college atmosphere, using Scripture to support the view that college can be (and usually is) very detrimental for young ladies.
Some weeks ago, Melanie asked if I could review a book that she had written, stating that the article she wrote for the magazine prompted her to continue researching and writing about college. I agreed and am now highly recommending her book, Chucking College: Achieving Success Without Corruption.
In Chucking College, Melanie discusses the danger that colleges present to young women. Beginning with a description of the spiritual difficulties (recent studies show that 50% – 80% of students abandon faith during college), she proceeds to address the immorality that students are faced with, not only among fellow students but also in the required classes. She discusses the academic assault that students experience, explaining how college is no longer a place to learn to think critically for oneself but to undergo and tolerate indoctrination from liberal professors. She also addresses the financial burden that students embrace, often paying twice the amount they had expected on loans of which there is no way out.
Throughout the book, Melanie interweaves testimonies, both of college graduates who regret their past choices, as well as success stories of people who do not have degrees. She shares information about the unemployment of graduates and statistics that show, in many cases, a degree is not going to get you a better job. Chucking College contains information about practical ways that you can further your education without taking the traditional college route.
For me personally, the most convincing argument against college comes from Scriptural passages like Psalm 1, which begins, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of YHWH, and in His law he meditates day and night.” The counsel of the ungodly … the path of sinners … the seat of the scornful … does that not spell modern-day college? If the blessing is experienced by those who stay away from all that, why are we not only immersing ourselves into it, but paying for it?!
I highly recommend Chucking College; whether you are trying to decide about attending college, are already in college, or would just like more information about why not to go, this book will give you plenty of food for thought with Scripturally and logically sound arguments!
You can find more information at www.chuckingcollege.com.