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Poorer families bearing the brunt of college price hikes

Good article on why net tuition (what students pay or borrow for college after grants and scholarships knock down the sticker price) has been declining for wealthier families and rising for lower income families. An excerpt:

…public and private colleges and universities are spending more of their financial-aid budgets trying to lure higher-income students, whose families earn much more than $30,000 a year, than on meeting the financial needs of low-income ones, according to a 2011 report from the U.S. Department of Education.

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College Grads Taking Low-Wage Jobs Displace Less Educated

Sobering article in Bloomberg about college grads increasingly filling low-wage jobs, displacing less educated workers. More might do well to consider strategic associate degrees and skilled trades (discussed in chapter 11 of Preparing Your Teens for College). A few excerpt:

  • The jobless rate of Americans ages 25 to 34 who have only completed high school grew 4.3 percentage points to 10.6 percent in 2013 from 2007, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Unemployment for those in that age group with a college degree rose 1.5 percentage points to 3.7 percent in the same period.
  • The share of Americans ages 22 to 27 with at least a bachelor’s degree in jobs that don’t require that level of education was 44 percent in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2001, the study found.
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Raising Teens With Enduring Faith

My guest post on Bible Gateway’s blog begins this way:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

As our teens grow up and head out to college, one of our most pressing concerns is about their faith. We’ve heard about the party scene, the atheistic professors, the pressure to fit in and make new friends. Maybe we’ve known a student who has lost the way. It’s only natural to wonder, Will our teens’ faith be strong enough to withstand the tests of college?

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Student Loans Entice Borrowers More for Cash Than a Degree

Fascinating WSJ article on a disturbing trend: “Some Americans caught in the weak job market are lining up for federal student aid, not for education that boosts their employment prospects but for the chance to take out low-cost loans, sometimes with little intention of getting a degree.”

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HT: Wintery Knight

What’s Wrong With Buying Your Way Onto the Bestseller List?

Great post by Jared Wilson.

1. It’s dishonest.

2. It’s egocentric and lazy.

3. It may eventually harm your reputation and will bug you in the long run.

4. It’s poor stewardship and bad strategy.

5. It disadvantages those actually gifted.

Read his post for explanations.

And these, my friends, are the reasons that I have foregone this great temptation.  But hey, it’s only Wednesday! There is still time for YOU to help Preparing Your Teens For College make a best-seller list the honest way. Pick up a copy today!

HT: Justin Taylor

Interview with Douglas Bond on Preparing Your Teens for College

Douglas Bond is an author of 25 books, a teacher at a Christian high school, and a tour guide. He asked me some questions about Preparing Your Teens for College, and I’m posting a portion of our interaction here with his permission (with a generalized answer about my kids).

What prompted you to write your newest release, Preparing Your Teens for College? Were you seeing specific problems and issues among young people coming from Christian homes at the university you teach at? What were some of those?

More people than ever are going to college today, as we’re fast becoming a skill- and knowledge-based economy. Between 1973 and 2007, 63 million jobs were added to the U.S. economy, while the number of jobs held by people with only a high school degree fell by about two million. Not only is there a growing need for a post-secondary credential of some sort, the earnings premium for those who hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree over those who don’t continues to grow each year. It pays to have a college degree—literally.

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Hope and Help for Depressed Teens

From my friend David Murray, author of Christians Get Depressed Too:

The New “Son of God” Movie

Here’s the trailer:


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Interview by Matt Mitchell on Preparing Your Teens for College

Matt: Who should read this book and why? Obviously, it’s written specifically for parents. What kind of parents did you have in mind? What if we don’t think our teens will attend college? Should we still read it? Should our teens read it, too? What makes it different from other books out there about preparing for college?

Alex: I wrote this book for all kinds of parents—those whose children have near-perfect SAT (or ACT) scores and those who don’t know the SAT or ACT from ABC, NBC, and CBS. The truth is that all our teens face tremendous challenges when it comes to entering adulthood. Aside from the moral and spiritual challenges (which I also discuss), the link between higher education and professional success has never been stronger, and college has never been more expensive, yet too many of our children are starting but never finishing. About 45 percent of those who enter a four-year college will not graduate in six years. And about 70 percent of those who start out at a two-year college don’t complete a degree in three years.

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Helping Teens Rebut Relativism

Good time this morning on the Bob Dutko show. Great question from Bob on how to train teens to not buy into spiritual relativism. I think one of the big fears that makes church-raised teens fall for this is the fear of being considered a bigot (intolerant, narrow-minded, arrogant). In fact, it’s more humble to come under the authority of what God has revealed. And believing in exclusive, objective truth doesn’t make you intolerant–you can (and should) treat with respect and kindness those with other beliefs. But merely thinking others are wrong doesn’t make you intolerant or arrogant.

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