CHAPTER 8

College Isn’t for Everyone: Is It Best for Your Child?

From one extreme to the other, or so it may seem. In chapter 7, I talked about encouraging your children to take at least one advanced course and challenging them to pursue their interests and strengths at a higher level. The title of this chapter might seem contradictory to this advice, but it is not. Your children’s interests may have little to do with academics, and their strengths may manifest themselves in a wide range of modalities that have nothing to do with studying a certain way or passing myriad tests to prove one’s intelligence. That’s okay. Despite what the American educational system tells you, not every child can or should go to college.

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