Why I’m NEVER Having Kids

Why I’m NEVER Having Kids #63: School Daze, Part 3 – Tuition is Expensive

July 1, 2008 · 1 Comment

Above: A news report about the struggle one family is going through to try and afford college tuition for their daughter.

(Note: In this 5-part series, I will be discussing the various reasons why having to deal with putting my kids through school makes me NOT want to have them.  Feel free to share with your friends, and add any commentary you might have!)

School is expensive.  No matter which way you try to slice it, sending kids to school is a HUGE money loss.

In part 1 of this series, I talked about how I feel the school curriculum is flawed to the point where I wouldn’t want to send a kid there.  Because I feel this way about school, spending money to send a kid there would be nothing more to me than a waste of money that could be used elsewhere in a manner more benefiting to me. 

It’s not just the paying for your kid to physically enter the school that’s the bad part; it’s all the OTHER expenses you have to continue to pay to make sure your kid can function and/or have a good time while there.  Think about just how many things a parent has to pay for when their kid(s) enter school:

  • Tuition (which goes up each year due to inflation, not to mention the upward cost of going from one form of school to the next, i.e. from elementary to middle school, to high school, to college, and so on…)
  • Textbooks (you’re basically paying for a paperweight the kid will hardly ever open that year, and NEVER open again once it’s over)
  • School supplies (which are constantly having to be replenished – how many packs of pens do you REALLY want to buy, and what’s the point if your kid keeps losing them?!?)
  • Field Trips (after all, your kid can’t be the only one not going on the bus ride to Washington D.C.!)
  • School lunch (either you give them the money to buy it at school, or you buy the food to make it at home.  Either way, you’re paying for them to eat lunch at school!)
  • Project supplies (i.e. anytime they have to do a major project for a class, you’ll have to spend YOUR money seeing that they get it, lest your child flunk and you be labeled the “bad parents”)

And god forbid your kid make it to the 12th grade and pass – now, if they feel so inclined, you have to pay for them to go to college!!  Not only do you have to pay for the aforementioned items (which, by the way, are even HIGHER in price), but there are other items you have to pay for as well:

  • Dorm living expenses
  • Parking passes (if your kid has a car)
  • An even larger food supply (because if they’re doing a lot of late-night studying, they WILL be eating everything that’s near them)
  • Personal computer (you may not think you have to buy this, but more and more colleges assume your kid will have one to do assignments on in their dorm)

Worst of all, though, is the tuition.  If you send you kid to a private or public college, sans scholarship, you could easily be paying over $100,000 for 4 years – and that’s if they don’t want to stay longer to get their doctorate or graduate degree!  Now, they get to graduate college, while you, the parent, get to pay a college loan off for 20 years for a school you didn’t even attend - how fair is THAT?!?

Sorry, but I feel my money can be spent on so many other things besides sending a kid into a flawed system that is only set up to suck as much money out of me as it can.  You’re not taking MY money, you scum-sucking bastards, ’cause I’m NEVER having kids!

-A.P. Taylor

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