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Millennials spend 18 hours/day interacting with media

That figure includes media multitasking (taking in more than one form of media at a time):

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Related: My Desiring God article on the importance of intellectual development early in life.

The Probability of Becoming a Pro Athlete

I believe organized sports have the potential for developing character and maturity in teens. They are by no means the only channel through which that can happen, but they are a legitimate channel. And it’s fine for teen athletes to have dreams of getting to the pros.

But it’d be unwise for them to put all their eggs in that basket. Here’s a great table from the NCAA showing that the probability of a HS athlete getting to the pros is less than 0.1% in every sport except baseball (0.5%).  Continue Reading…

Why Do Young People Abandon the Faith? post at the College Transition Initiative blog, gleaning wisdom from William Wilberforce’s book Real Christianity. Here are their four points (modified and generalized, and with my own commentary):

1. They succumb to temptations they haven’t faced before.

The draw of the party lifestyle is stronger when one is away from home and experiencing more freedom–and more loneliness–than ever before.

2. They never learned how to think. 

Discernment is crucial. They need to learn how to apply the faith in various circumstances. If the Christianity of a young adult is superficial, there’s a good chance its on its Continue Reading…

Student Loan Debt–a Marriage Problem?

Fascinating post by Joe Carter. Excerpt:

According to a study by sociologists at Rice University, college students whose parents are not married to each other face significantly heavier financial burdens for the simple reason that married parents, relative to other parents, contribute significantly more to their children’s college education:

Married parents not only contributed more in absolute terms to their children’s education than divorced parents ($4,700 median amount per year vs. $1,500 per year; p<.001) but also gave a larger proportion of their income to their children’s education (8 percent vs. 6 percent, p<.05). Married parents also outscored remarried parents in absolute ($4,700 per year vs. $2,490; p<.001) and proportional terms (8 percent of income vs. 5 percent; p<.001). Moreover, married parents covered a significantly greater proportion of their children’s financial needs, as defined by the cost of the college in which they are enrolled minus aid….

Read the whole thing.

College Prep Conference in Twin Cities, MN

If you’re in the area, you might consider attending the college preparation conference being put on by the Twin Cities Chinese Christian Church (TCCCC). I’ll be giving three sessions and a Q&A, and there will be a couple panels with other speakers. The conference is for teens and their parents. My first session is just for teens, the second is for teens and their parents, and the third is just for parents.

DATE: April 25-26

TIME: 7:30p Friday for grades 7-12 // 10a – 4p Saturday for parents and teens // Lunch provided

Registration Fee: $15 per person or $25 for family. (The conference invitation notes that scholarships are available.)

Register by April 1 and you get a free copy of Preparing your Teens for College (one per family).

Hope to meet some of you there!

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?

Read the rest.

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.”

Read the whole thing.

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

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