Who Doesn’t Want Their Son To Go to College?
Does your grandson follow your husband or their grandfather around? From time to time my son will turn to me and say: ‘Ma, this s how daddy laughs.” Or ‘This is how granda’ walks.’ Or ‘Have you ever noticed how granddaddy turns his chin like this when he talks?’ We are fortunate that our son can look up to his father and grandfathers. Thank God my son can look up to his father and grandfather’s as not only a model for being ‘good people’ but also for their accomplishment of graduating college. Parents’ educational level positively influences their child’s educational success. Studies have also shown that grandparents that have gone to college usually pass down certain privileges that are helpful to their children and their children’s, children. Why, oh why do I stress a college degree to our children? Because research has shown that a degree matters. Other things do too, but a degree ranks pretty high. The numbers back me up: On average:
- A high school dropout can expect to earn $973,000 over a lifetime.
- Someone with a high school diploma can expect to earn $1.3 million over a lifetime.
- A worker with some college but no degree earns $1.5 million over a lifetime.
- An Associate’s degree-holder earns $1.7 million over a lifetime.
- A worker with a Bachelor’s degree will earn $2.3 million over a lifetime.
- Are often less prepared than are others to succeed in college level courses.
- Made up only 4.3% of students enrolled in institutions of higher learning.
- At predominantly white institutions have been known to hear racist remarks or have racist experiences (subtle and… not so much)
For the Big Kids:
- Ward off any stress or concerns about paying for or having extra money for college by stacking up scholarship money. It’s never too early to start. Check this list of scholarships.
- Help prepare for college courses by checking out the types of AP courses offered at school.
- Start having conversations about racism – makes for good preparation on how to respond to possible racist incidents around campus.
- Encourage joining social clubs in high school – this may prompt your college bound teen to participate in campus activities.
- Reinforce college is the pathway to success by surrounding or pointing out as many successful college educated Black males as possible!!
For the elementary kids:
- Encourage reading and read at home as much as possible. Find more tips here on reading.
- Help prepare for AP high school courses by encouraging high scores on standardized tests and asking teachers about an honors or accelerated academic track.
- Have conversations about race by discussing the diversity of the world.
- Point out the need for promoting equity and mutual respect for others.
Preschool and Kindergarten kids:
- Encourage reading and read at home as much as possible. Find more tips here on kindergarten preparation.
- Encourage students to think critically. Check out School Readiness to Jump Start Success.
- Also check out Parenting Tips: Color Me Educated Birth to Preschool