The Distance Learner

Advice on earning a college degree through distance education

Don't Ask, Just Pay

So you scraped together the money to pay tuition for your child’s first year in college, and you would like to see a report card when spring semester ends this month.

Sorry. You can’t have that.

This is an excerpt from a News & Observer article published earlier this year. The article goes into detail about how parents are routinely denied information from their students’ records. Now, this isn’t so different from the way government schools frequently operate in elementary and high school, but it is a definite paradigm shift for home school parents who are used to knowing everything about their childrens’ academic progress.

Even parents of children who graduated from public school have good reason to be outraged. Apparently, these colleges will accept thousands of dollars in annual tuition from the parents, then deny them access to information that would tell them whether or not their funds are being used correctly.

The fascinating thing about this article is the apparent disconnect on the part of some parents when it comes to their treatment of the college system as “real life.” Having your annual tuition covered by your parents while you spend years in a contrived atmosphere where anti-family and anti-religious values are stressed is not “real life.”

One quote from a parent vividly illustrates this mentality:

*“You want to be available, but they need to know that this is their world now. When they are in that world, they need to solve their own problems.”** *

If it’s so important that students solve their own problems, why cover tuition for them in the first place?

Distance education is refreshingly different. Students are able to remain in close proximity to their parents. Indications of their academic progress thus become more easily available. Students are also able to cover tuition expenses themselves by apprenticing or interning in their field of study while in school, thus reducing or eliminating the need for financial assistance from their parents.

Which way is most realistic? You decide.

Read the full article: Kids in college? Don’t ask; just pay

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