This post has nothing to do with learning new skills, just learning. It talks about the cost of college is not just monetary, but social. Jack Spirko at The Survival Podcast coined a term for this, “downward class mobility”. The term means that it takes more money to get more education for more people who will end up working at McDonald’s.


Before I get to the crux of this letter, my daughter had a great first year of college. She acclimated well. You challenged her academically. She felt safe on campus. For all of that, her mother and I are grateful.

Now, about the letter you sent us—the one asking us to give to the Parents Fund, which, among other things, you say provides scholarships for other students. Look, I’m all for giving every kid an opportunity to go to a fine university like yours. But we’re a little tied up right now helping support our daughter’s education. Three years from now, we’ll have another daughter hitting college age, so it will be awhile before we’re in a position to contribute.

Don’t worry. I offer an immediate alternative. You don’t have to look far to find it.


Voilà. Problem solved.

I’m not trying to pick on you, because nearly every college…

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