Women & Higher Education

Over at The Line, the Boundless Webzine, Ted Slater started a discussion about women and higher education.

In the first post, Gender Imbalance in Higher Education, Mr Slater says this about the fact that 58% percent of the U.S. undergrads are women:

Call me a sexist, but my first reaction is to find that disappointing. Call me a sexist, but I believe that in most cases the husband should be the primary income-earner in the family, and that the wife should be free to stay at home with the kids. It follows, logically I think, that more men should be preparing for these income-earning careers by going to college. And that women should be careful not to bring on exorbitant school loan debt that may prohibit them from being able to carry out their dreams to be stay-at-home moms.

In the second post, Wives: Homemakers? Husbands: Breadwinners? Jennie posted a comment and Mr Slater turned it in to a post. I get where Jennie’s coming from, and I believe her ideas are good, but they need to go further. Here’s a bit of what Jennie says:

Obviously Ted’s not advocating that women don’t get educated. He’s just suggesting that we women make informed decisions with a biblical perspective on the long-term that won’t force us to compromise our biblical responsibilities, and that men take their responsibility as providers seriously.

I have no desire to call Ted a sexist. I do, however; want to know if he understands God’s covenant promise to His people and the importance of a Godly education? And when Jennie talks about compromising our biblical responsibilities, does she understand how an uneducated Mom could do just that? And when did higher education become nothing more than a paycheck? Scripture says:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and your gates. (Deut.6:4-9)

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. (Deut.7:9)

Obviously, none of us know what the Lord has planned for us. Will you be married? Will you have children? It’s wonderful to “hope” for marriage and children, but the reality is that it doesn’t happen for everyone, and it may not happen according to your timing. Therefore, you’ll need a plan. And if it does happen, be prepared – whether man or woman – to teach the standards of God to your children. Isn’t that your biblical responsibility?

If Mom is the primary caregiver, then it stands to reason she’ll be doing a lot of talking and walking with the children – a lot of teaching. The money she spends on a good education will help to ensure the children know God’s standards, and how those standards apply to: science, literature, math, history, logic, grammar, and more. She’s a teacher. And last time I checked teaching credentials aren’t free.

When I look at the woman in Proverbs 31, I see a very well educated person. She knows real estate, cooking, accounting, sales, teaching, fashion design, farming, distribution, and much more. Her husband has full confidence in her abilities. She lacks nothing of value. When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

Accessory or Necessity?

When it comes to shoes, I’m all about the comfort. You won’t find me wearing a pair of pointy shoes (MacKenzie has an Italian saying for these shoes) that look great on your feet but cause death, and grief, and sorrow. I wear Columbia (Silver Sands) flip-flops when I’m cooking in the kitchen. Unfortunately, Columbia changed the style for Silver Sands and the new style causes bad blisters.

It was love at first sight when I saw the watch. It wasn’t until after I left the store that I realized I couldn’t read the time.

So…my favorite shoes are extinct. *sigh* Thankfully, I bought a pair in every color, and a few extra for good measure. I really don’t care what they look like. They are a necessity. They’ve comforted me through the streets of Italy, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Greece. And…in many a kitchen.

When it comes to watches, I’m not so practical. I have a sweet Tokyo Boy watch I bought in Couer d’Alene. The band is really thin, patent leather, and a mossy green color. It was love at first sight when I saw the watch. It wasn’t until after I left the store that I realized I couldn’t read the time. Who cares? It’s a beauty. Last year I found a beautiful Pulsar. A thin silver-gold band with a black face. I have no idea what time it is when I wear it…but it looks great on my arm and it makes me happy. What’s your impractical accessory? Your necessity?

Well…It’s About Time

I needed a blog change. UpSaid has been a great tool and I’m thankful it was available when I started blogging. So, I cast off the old colors and wanted something fresh and clean. A special thanks to Austin Storm who encouraged me to test my skills and try something new. So Austin…what do ya think?

Bananas in Pygamas

A little something different for my friends with kids. While on a journey through food blogs, I came across this cute little site for kids. The site offers projects for kids like: finger puppets, cards, masks and paper dolls. The paper doll clothes are made to fit bananas. (Stop laughing…I’m serious) Anyway, the clothes are for boy & girl bananas. There’s a fireman, a handyman with tools, a fairy, and more. Take a look at the cute little project and…hey, quit laughing.

Bananas in Pygamas

Ankle Update

Saw Dr. Grauke today. X-ray showed I have a sprain…no fracture. I get to wear a funny shoe for three weeks and then it’ll be all better.

I am a happy girl.

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