>Educate to Graduate to What?

>I attended my daughter’s and my niece’s high school graduation both this past week. They attend different schools and between the two classes, there were approximately 1400 seniors that received their diplomas. Of that total, approximately 150 students graduated with various honors and shared approximately 7 million dollars in scholarship money. For the first time, I noticed that they announced that a number of students would also be attending junior colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.

I couldn’t help thinking about what would happen to the majority of these students, who cannot afford higher education because the 4-year colleges and universities are pricing themselves out of reach. I also couldn’t help thinking how many of these student’s parents were part of the approximately 1000 employees recently cut from the workforce of the world’s largest retailer, which is headquartered in this area. How can they possibly afford higher education for their kids during this economy in a state where unemployment still remains at 6.5%?

As parents, we try to protect our children from as much anxiety, stress and worry as we possibly can. We try to ensure that they enjoy as much of their young lives as possible before “real life” takes over. At the same time, we try to instill as much of a degree of respect, work ethic, spiritual fortitude and character as we possibly can so that such qualities can sustain them during the difficult times that we most certainly know lie ahead.

I found myself sitting through both ceremonies with mixed feelings of pride, love, sadness, concern and worry for their future all at the same time. Then it suddenly occurred to me that long ago, I was really in no better position at that time in my life than the majority of these kids are now at theirs. God will take care of them just as He did me because He’s already worked it out.

Until the next post,

God Bless & Safe Journeys!


Published by The Leadership Consortium

Maxie Carpenter was formerly Vice President of HR & Talent Development for Wal-Mart Stores. After a 27-year career, he began to pursue a number of other interests, which included alternative education, nonprofits, consulting, writing and public speaking.

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