Homeschool students don’t always head to college. There is a set of them who may consider local community colleges to get their undergraduate degrees, but most homeschool students are not interested in degrees as much as they are in the knowledge that they are gaining.
The Change is Here
The traditional route to education has changed. It’s no longer about getting your high school diploma and heading to college before embarking on a professional career of your choice. The advent of the digital age has brought career choices that were previously unheard of. In a recent article in Forbes it was mentioned that there are approximately two million US homeschoolers. This is a huge change in the demographic which has been steadily growing for years. It was also mentioned that many of them ended up as entrepreneurs working for themselves, and even creating jobs for others in their community. So then the question arises, do these homeschool students need to go to college?
Reasons to Go
If a homeschool student is interested in a profession such as a doctor, laywer or engineer, which requires a formal training to get a job in the field, they need to go to college. In other cases if the child is interested in the experience of studying away from home in a hostel setting as a self growth adventure, they should go. If they wish to interact with a wide number of people from all walks of society, to learn and practice liberal and progressive ideologies, the college experience is invaluable.
Reasons Not to Go
The primary reason would be the expense. A college education is not cheap, and the add-ons can make it an extremely expensive deal. Some may consider it important to start earning and contributing to the household. This means that they would be better off getting jobs in the trade rather than waiting for a college education and getting a white collar job. Some may prefer to simply work for themselves, and startups may be the ideal way forward for such homeschool students. This will allow them to make a life for themselves, even as they continue to learn and grow without needing to go to college.