John Williams thinks every student should have a mentor, someone who can act as counselor, sounding board, advice giver -- and maybe, if the student is lucky, someone who can open doors in the working world.
Back in the benighted days, before public-funded compulsory education, and well before everyone went to college, every student had a mentor who acted as counselor, sounding board, and advice giver. That mentor was called a parent.
Back in the day, parents would teach their children how to function in the adult world by being a role model. Mothers would teach daughters how to handle domestic duties. Fathers would teach their sons their trade. Occasionally, fathers would apprentice their sons to another man to learn a trade. For the most part, though, parents taught their children everything they knew, and introduced them to the world at large.
Parents who raise their children to pursue the higher education should not be surprised if their children eventually grow distant, particularly if said parents do not have an education. By expecting your children to pursue higher education and a “better” life, you implicitly teach them that your way of life is inferior and not worthy of replication. Do not weep if they take this lesson to heart.
Many men will find happiness and contentment working by the sweat of their brow, building, growing and hunting. Many women will find happiness and contentment in tending to domestic work and focusing their labor on their family. Money doesn’t buy happiness, and in much knowledge there is sorrow. Happiness is found in work and home, and wise are those who master this and teach their children the same.