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Published: Friday, May 10 2013 10:57 p.m. MDT

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chinookdoctor
PASADENA, CA

I wonder why, given what we know about college education for women and how it impacts their children in a positive way, we still see this backward culture in the church that says that women's education is less important than men's. We also continue to see young women at BYU dropping out when they get married, not when they have their first child, but when they get married because their husbands want to go to dental school, law school, medical school, you name it! What are we teaching our young women about their roles as mothers and how education fits into that? I've heard young women and their parents downplay the importance of investing in girl's post-secondary education because they, "are going to be moms; they don't need to go into debt for schooling." Along with that type of comment has always been a discussion about the relative unimportance of anything beyond a BA for women who value motherhood--as if somehow those of us with college and beyond despise our children and motherhood. I think we need to change this culture, it is damaging.

Barbara Wyly
Guilford, IN

My mother always said that when you educate a man, you educate one person. When you educate a woman, you educate a family. I have a law degree and have had many different majors. I never learned anything in college that did not help me be a better wife and mother. My son has an MBA, my daughter (mother of two) is a teacher and applying to grad school, and my other son is at BYU majoring in neuropsychology. I am as proud of their accomplishments as I am of my own! It was a win fr everyone!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

chinook

I am not aware of a backward culture in the Church that says a women's education is inferior to a man's. Most BYU coeds drop out after getting married because it takes a wage earner to support the family; they will do it now and their husband will take over after he graduates.

My daughter still graduated after getting married. My wife walked across the stage to get her degree at 8 1/2 months pregnant with our third child. It took her a while to finish, but I supported her in that goal and she made it. (I had my degree a few years before I met her.)

Education is important in our family to both genders and each child of ours is going to get a college degree, as are all their spouses. Brigham Young said (if I have it correct) that if he could only educate part of his children it would be his daughters.

Keeping out of debt and not realizing the value of an education are two separate things, which should not be confused. One can also get a degree and not go into huge debt; it just takes longer.

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