got me a college girl

in celebration of formal education in the life of the Christian girl

Friday, July 08, 2005

Confusion about having a college girl (Mollie)

Due to some recent confusion raising the questions, "Who has got a college girl?" and "Is this blog promoting the shameful practice of going to college in order to earn an MRS. degree?" We give you, the college-girl readership, sidebarrage answering such questions and, hopefully, giving a more noble explanation than many of you might expect.

edited to say, note the revised side-bar.

thanks for the input, girls!


  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Givengrace :: said…

    I am all for girls going to college. In fact, I (a female) am beginning graduate school in September. "Got me a college girl" is a cute title, and I also firmly believe college is valuable - because gaining an education will build your intelligence and job marketability in a way that nothing else can.

    However, when I read your sidebar, I found myself questioning a few of the points you made. Reasons like "my local church benefits from the virtues of patience, faithfulness, and self-control that Christ has worked in a particular way in my life" and "what my educated person contributes to society as a whole: a Christ-loving, hardworking, gracious, intelligent citizen who works to create a better world for us and for generations to come" and even "my marriage possesses healthy communication and approaches problems with maturity."

    I suppose I immediately thought of two things:
    1) Christian women can no doubt become patient, Christ-loving, gracious, and intelligent even without a college degree.
    2) Women who gain a college degree do not necessarily gain maturity or character.

    I'm not intending to over-analyze this, but these contentions did come to my mind, and I'd be interested to hear your response.

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger greenemama said…

    you make good points. so . . . we're working on it!

    thanks for being gracious as we get this thing up and running!

  • At 1:35 AM, Blogger Ashley said…

    This is such a great idea for a blog; I'll be sure to come back!! I'm currently a young married Christian woman who is working on her PhD. :)

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Camille said…

    That reminds me of a larger question that we discuss in my classes called the "Q-Question." It asks, in a lengthy way, what's the purpose of education? Does education itself produce more moral people or must education be judged by its morality? And what is morality? Long story -- but I must agree with you, givengrace, that college itself doesn't make people more moral. But religiously NOT going to college, as I'm sure you agree, doesn't make you more moral either. ;)

  • At 4:16 PM, Blogger Tim's Mom said…

    I love the concept of equal opportunity in education, I hope to instill in my children an attitude that their education is something that will continue for life. But, reading through some of the posts here, I get the feeling that it's more than education being talked about here, it's the whole "college experience." Is there an intrinsic value to "going away to college"? What if I can't afford to send my child to college? What if my daughter (or my son, for that matter) wants to experience the world in a different way? Or are we strictly talking about not limiting them by grooming them for a career as a homemaker, but allowing them the college option if they choose it for themselves?

  • At 8:02 PM, Blogger prairie girl said…

    Tim's Mom,

    You have asked some good questions.

    For me, it was a great thing to go away to college. I had gone to a public high school and then to a Christian college. It was wonderful to meet so many other believers, to have Christian profs, to experience fellowship not only in the classroom but also in the dining hall etc.

    Once we made the choice to homeschool and had convictions about having a Christian education for our children, our only option was to send them away as we have no local Christian college. So two went away to school and another son did distance law school through Oak Brook.

    As far as paying for it, we were blessed with a grandparent who wanted to foot the bill. Our 4th child just graduated from high school and plans to do distant learning for his gen eds from Liberty and then transfer to Bryan if we can get some financial aid. (It is alot more costly than what the older kids did.)

    One of my friends has a daughter who only completed 1/4 year of high school science and half a year of math. But she did great on her SATs and went to junior college for a year, making a 4.0 grade point. That got her a full scholarship to a Christian college near enough to live at home.

    What I am mostly concerned about is that we offer our daughters choices. And we can end up being surprised by what happens. Too many people are just assuming that their daughters won't go to school for whatever reason when they should be trusting that God may have other plans to use their gifts and talents.

  • At 10:21 PM, Blogger Givengrace :: said…

    I didn't get a chance to return and comment until now, but I appreciate and respect your responses. Your blog definitely has my support; may many more thinking women join this following!


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