Even as someone who was homeschooled my entire life, I still get at least the backlash of this contradictory 21st century message. It’s rather bothersome, and I can only imagine that it is worse for those who have met with it face-to-face for most of their lives.
Society claims to teach individuality. When you’re young, you are told you can be anything when you grow up. I took that message very seriously, I don’t know about you guys. That was for the first 15 years… then, they change it around. “Well, you can be whatever you want, but right now we have to focus on getting into college. And, by the way, whatever you want to be when you grow up, you have to find a college that has that major and study the dickens out of it. And if they don’t have your interest as a major, forget about it. Pick another major. And, by the way, if you don’t know what you want to do… go to college anyway. You won’t be wasting your time, and surely you will figure it out eventually.”
In college, they are very big on you grasping these great and foreign concepts of “creativity” and “critical thinking.” They even have classes on it. My homeschooled friend took one, and actually it sounds like fun, but that is beside the point. I thought creativity and critical thinking were things you picked up just from existing in real life.
So what is wrong that colleges feel like they have to teach something natural to people 18+? Or IS there something wrong?
I suppose that is a little off track. The point of that is, I think somewhere along the way we must (or must be assumed to) have lost creativity and critical thinking skills to the point that they must be emphatically re-taught in college.
Anyway. So our dear society teaches us to be individuals for a while, and then it changes around (right at the time of the teenage identity crises) and says you must fit in a box with everyone else. Suddenly, dreams are forgotten and replaced with an artificial motivation to get into college and study something that “probably sounds good… I guess, anyway…”
I do not in any way claim that this is what always happens to every person, or even that it is oh-so-very-bad. It’s just not in any way ideal. If you ask me, I would much rather go to college with a purpose. My purpose that I have decided for myself. And I may, one day.
I would like everyone to go to college with a purpose. That is, everyone who chooses to go to college. Hence, this blog.