Yes, I totally ignored the anti higher education rhetoric from the Wt. In fact, I was working on my doctorate even as an elder. My strategy was that I never told anyone. If they found out I was going to school, I just stated that I was required by my employer to take some classes. If they knew I was going for a degree no one asked.
I now am teaching full time as an accounting professor. Education can be a "game changer" in a person's life. It was for me.
Education is not just for the young. I was in my late 40s when I finished my degree. Education is not just for the young. My oldest student was in his 70s. I have a colleague who is working on his doctorate and he is in his 80s.
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