Lost in the excitement of married life, we hardly envision the future when the toddler makes it to the first day at school. Reaching that tender school going age was hard enough with all the baby sitting and nurses and doctors. Health issues, learning parenting, walking and lisping had their trials and tribulations amidst the mystical joy concerning each little aspect. Look at all those glossy pictures that form a little biography already from year to year!
Perhaps the upper classes do not have much to worry about in terms of education, jobs, marriages and future of their children. For almost everyone else, the immensity of the nightmare is just dawning. Finding an appropriate school within an affordable budget and that includes the donation would keep you rushing like mad. If lucky, some wise advice may come from the neighbor in the apartment block or the swimming instructor.
Getting The School Life Together
Besides the money question, the problem of uniforms, bags and books besides safe transport within a reasonable distance from home can be formidable tasks. Why not boarding schools that take much of the fuss away? Yet many parents especially mothers cannot imagine life in the absence of the child from home. Boarding schools are far more expensive than the usual day school but would result in the independence of spirit in the child so important for the 21st century citizen.
Naturally the parents are wide eyed and beaming with an intense happiness during the primary years. Yet we realize that the eternity is only commencing. Good academic performance would take care of the child’s future yet many find themselves dependent upon tuitions. Expenditure once again arises with additional transport and fees.
Lucky is the child so well adjusted to the school culture that ten years or more are spent in the same institution. In many cases the parents for whatever reason end up changing schools several times during the twelve years. Maybe the child failed, had discipline problems or simply did not like the buildings, teachers or students. Further expenses arise then with a fresh donation, new uniforms and perhaps books too if the examination board undergoes a change. In genuine cases there may be no cause to regret if some strong benefit arises in the life of the child. If it is merely fussiness, things may not go so well in the future!
Ego it seems observes no limits and joining clubs, buying digital stuff and practicing hobbies could all turn out to be very expensive. A child getting spoiled at the school going age itself is becoming rather common even with substance abuse, the misuse of the internet and money problems. Violence is only one of the serious issues that crop us on school campuses.
The College Adventure Commences At Last
Lucky indeed are the parents whose child has survived schooling and produced an academic percentage that qualifies for higher things. By that time the grown up teenager is waiting to indulge in further adventure and has an inkling of what waits in college and university. The college entry is the second round of the parental battles. College courses often decide the life and career of the child. Campus recruitments in many cases provide plush appointments that may remain forever, leading to ample positions and payments.
The tension filled days have begun once again and planning must take place well in advance. Luckily the all powerful online media in addition to the broadcasting and print media deliver a world of information that puts you up to date. It is hardly necessary to travel to far away colleges and institutes any more. They would happily oblige if you filled up the contact form online or downloaded the prospectus.
Yet the digital life sometimes seems unsatisfactory. The human touch seems to be receding. Though smarter and faster than the traditional practice, the older generation would certainly feel that something is lacking. In any case, many colleges have been applied to and the decision waits.
Children Nowadays Aim For Higher Degrees
Enrolling in tutorials with an eye on the entrance examinations only makes things more complicated and far more expensive. Yet it is often worth the while in most cases. Children nowadays are not content with anything less than the master’s degree or maybe even the doctorate. The undergraduate course sufficed in the olden days but is nowadays hardly considered any more.
The Value Of Professional Qualifications
Perhaps children should be in search of lucrative appointments early rather than be accumulating degrees. Seniority at work is perhaps as important as academic qualifications. Opportunities for study may arise later too after getting sponsored in many cases by employers themselves.
Study opportunities in evening colleges, online courses and distance education would also help in consolidating academic qualifications at a later date. Yet most who accumulate degrees do find openings higher on the corporate ladder like those who must do an MBA before starting any job at all!
We must agree that parents are superhuman for having survived that one and half decades or more of the child’s education! In many cases, having more than one child turns out to be greater risks and greater adventures! In countries where education is subsidized and scholarships offered to the meritorious like in Bhutan, the parental problems are somewhat alleviated. Even then the moral strength required to persevere through more than a decade of schooling itself can be most daunting, followed by the uncertainties of college.
Don’t forget the food, medicine, clothes and whatever else that are required for the child’s success. Ample reasons for the aged parents to expect something in return but many children fail that duty, sadly. Parents too have their egos and insist upon their own sparse pension incomes and dilapidated accommodations. Life is like that strangely enough when it comes to the sunset years.
Are there any alternatives? In advanced America, children obtain loans to educate themselves and may well be repaying loans into their fifties! Backward economies cannot certainly imagine such a scenario. Insurance is a precious commodity that should cover every aspect of life like health. What if education could be covered to?