Sure, college isn’t for everyone. And as a woman who quit grad school to stay home and have more kids, I completely understand that some women would want to opt out. But, when I read this post, 6 Reasons to NOT Send Your Daughter to College, well, there’s simply not time to go into all of the logical fallacies at play there. (And just to be clear, although the author of the post is Catholic, the ideas presented are in no way the official teaching of the Catholic Church!)
If you’re wondering what I think about higher education for women (even women who decide to be SAHMs), I recommend this wonderful article from Verily Magazine. The good news is that there are many different ways God uses women to display his glory, and as you can see from the wonderful female saints, women don’t have to fit into a narrow box to live out their Catholicism faithfully.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoy Daniel’s response!
This is a response to that silly article. And I’m joking. So don’t get mad.
Update: This is a satire. That should be clear, but from the comments, apparently it’s not clear enough.
1. Men have gifts unsuited to the academic life. It’s no secret that men are physically stronger than women. So doesn’t it make sense that men ought to be working as farmers and craftsmen instead of sitting at desks all day? Then why would you send your son to some fancy pants ivory tower where they won’t learn anything truly useful? You don’t need Professor Milquetoast to teach your sons to lift heavy objects. Instead, send your DAUGHTERS to college where they can use their delicate fingers to take notes while shielding their fair skin from the harsh sun.
2. He will be in a near occasion for sin. Quoting the original article, “How can one expect that anyone would be able to avoid these temptations?” I know, right?! Temptation is everywhere. How could your son NOT give into sin? I guess you could spend 18 years trying to model goodness and character for your son. You could teach him to discern right and wrong. You could instill virtue in him so that he’s able to choose the right thing even when he’s confronted with temptation. But that sounds like A LOT of work. I’m getting tired just thinking about it. Maybe keep him away from school instead.
3. He won’t use his education in his career. I spent years studying the early Church fathers, reading old books, learning dead languages, and writing mediocre papers. Now I work for a software company. No one has EVER asked me to translate a word of Greek or Hebrew. My boss isn’t interested in my opinions on Rousseau. And not one single person has asked to read my thesis on Calvinism in Moby Dick. Once I quoted Kafka on a conference call and that went over very poorly. Talk about a let down. What was the point of college if I can’t use what I learned to make money?
4. He will meet the wrong type of woman. When I was in college, not only did the girls wear pants, they also wore tights they pretended were pants. I mean. I just can’t.
5. He will not learn to be a husband and father. I get the feeling most college students are studying silly things like political science, information technology, and, worst of all, BUSINESS. How is that going to help any man live out his vocation? Maybe you could send your son to a good school and convince him to study philosophy, religion, and literature. And maybe he’ll learn about reason, faith, virtue, and the good life. And maybe that knowledge will help him be a good Catholic man who leads his family with love and engages the world with wisdom and compassion. But that’s a lot of maybes. Why risk it?
6. He will probably end up playing ultimate frisbee on “the quad.” And that’s just a silly way to spend one’s time.