In response to a previous blog entry College Girl was posed the following question:
I still “wish that I could understand why you think it is so important to emphasize college education as vital to a Christian woman’s life.” If anyone wants to comment on that, I would appreciate it, as I don’t see views on college as being an important debate in the church right now. (Which is why I haven’t commented before and probably won’t again). But I am trying to understand why y’all find it so important and have chosen to address it in this way, since it IS important to you and you take an oppositional position to mine.
We are a bit confused as to why some still do not understand the purpose of this blog. We believe we have mentioned and explained the purpose in several previous posts and the ensuing comments. However, as there is still some misunderstanding, we’ll take another stab at an explanation of purpose.
The purpose is to celebrate education in a Christian woman’s life.
The purpose is not to combat or “go to war with” any of the anti-college camps.
The purpose is not to say that college education is *vital.* The purpose is to say that we believe that everyone can benefit from formal education. To choose something otherwise should not be done lightly, and that, to quote the commentor, it is “vital” to make informed decisions about the path you will take after high-school graduation, and that all women should be given that choice, patriarchal upbringings notwithstanding.
The purpose is to provide a pro-college voice in conservative Christian circles where there is a fast-growing trend to view college as either *wrong* for all people or *wrong* for women. These beliefs vary in roots. Some, not all, and this is by no means an exhaustive list, believe that women should not be educated because they will be tempted to disdain their role as homemakers and want “bigger or better” things. Others believe that fathers will lose their authority or ability to control their daughters if they are away at school under other authority systems. There are those who are afraid of the outside influences culturally that could negatively effect their daughters’ belief systems. Many abhor college due to the high costs of formal education. Still others believe that a *trade* education is better than a liberal arts education. We believe that some of these are valid complaints, that others are not, but that, overall, the formal education of women can be attained and still be true to the integrity of the initial anti-college concern.
The purpose is to provide support for women who feel pressured from church members, parents, siblings, children, etc., to shun college, for whatever reasons, be they moral, financial or cultural.
The purpose is to create a place for blurbs about how a college education benefits not only the educated, but those in contact with the educated.
Articles and links on this blog will be geared toward supporting women who have made or would like to make the choice to attend college. Nothing on this blog should be of much interest to those who are anti-college unless they are looking for fuel for their own anti-college arguments. We do not promote bashing those who have made the choice to not attend college. We do not promote harassing people to make choices in order to make them compatible to ours.
We *do* promote formal education. We believe that it should be a rare occasion that a woman *not* earn a college education. We do not address the subject as being an issue within the church, but we do acknowledge that there is a growing trend within conservative Christianity that says, “College is not worthwhile. Additionally, those who pursue higher education are fools.” We disagree strongly and wish to provide a voice that celebrates Christian women and the education of them.
We cannot control how anyone who has chosen *not* to attend college feels when they read the contents of this blog. We are positive as we promote college education and seek to focus on the benefits of formal education rather than what we believe to be negative about *not* attending college.
I’m not sure how much clearer we can be. ::shrugging::