Would you let your child graduate early?

United States
December 18, 2006 1:20pm CST
If your child could graduate at 16 years old, and go off to college would you let them? Do you think 16 is too early to be on their own at college...or do you think if they are able to graduate early then they have the maturity level for college? My daughter keeps talking about graduating early like a girl in our church...she is 21 now, and has a bachelors degree. I'm just not sure I would be ready to let my child go off at 16. What are your thoughts on the subject?
4 responses
@cr1st1nel (3567)
• Romania
18 Dec 06
Yes sure if i have an intelligent child and it is capable of going at 16 to the college from my part i would let him follow his way and what he feels like. Good luck!
• United States
18 Dec 06
Thanks for your response. Would you feel differently if the child is your daughter? I just worry at the thought of my 16 year old daughter living in a college dorm.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Go off to college....no. But I would allow her to go to college while still staying at home. I just don't want to send my daughter out there when she still has so much to learn socially. She would be surrounded by adults that could take advantage of her being so much younger and niave. My eldest some if 16 yrs old and is a different story. I think he would either handle it or decide to come back home and go locally. But I would allow him to try because he thinks he knows everything and is stretching the last thread! I think it would do him good to realize what the world is really like and that he could skate by in college without studying. Don't get me wrong, he is smart and I am not saying that I would let him because he is a boy. I think it would have to depend on the child. Knowing how hard my son is and does not care what others think of him, I think he would be able to do it or learn to appreciate what we offer him here at him. But my daughter is only going on 15 years old and I know there would be no way I would want to send her away to college in another year. She is too sweet. She needs the more experience that High School will give her socially to know how cruel and deceiving people can be.
• United States
18 Dec 06
well I think if they were smart enough to graduate early then they should but it also depends on their focus of study.... like if they need more advanced coarses for their chosen study ... like if they went to a private school and they did paces...do they offer chemistry and have some one to teach it ..or how about physics..alot of colleges need these as a floor for study like if they want to be a animal doctor then they would need more advanced coarses in high school or other chosen fields of study it just depends what the graduating school can offer, and what the child (16 is still a child) wants to do with their life. thats why you need to plan for their future while they are young and focus on the studies.
@lsen06 (5000)
• India
18 Dec 06
yes.