Background: Soon, I'll be adding two new sections to my site, and I'm very excited about them. The first is Women and Business, and the second is Women and Education.
As I've been researching how parents attain an education, I've been learning about different child care programs. Guess which university doesn't have any kind of child care facility?
BYU. This makes me mad.
I'm not anti-Cougar. I graduated from the land of blue and white. But to me, this seems backwards. Of course BYU student parents have other options besides on-campus child care. And yes, they might have to get creative with their schedules or their finances.
But is it so unreasonable to ask a university that so actively promotes marriage and families to show a little support? To make child care affordable and convenient for the students who are trying to take of children and go to school at the same time? (Here's another article about BYU's lack of child care if you're interested).
Child care is expensive. And when students who are poverty-stricken (i.e. most of them) have to choose between tuition and books or child care, something's got to give. I'm sure it's not always the case, but I would bet that in most instances, the wife is the one whose education is sacrificed or delayed since she's the one who's pregnant or breastfeeding.
Yes, BYU students value families. And they get married and have children at earlier ages than most. But they pay a hefty penalty for their actions. If BYU is truly committed to families, it just seems logical that they'd provide the students the resources they need. The message seems to be, "Great! You've gotten married and had kids. Now you're on your own. Good luck!"
I've posted before about how Utah isn't family-friendly and how its workplaces act as though employees don't have family obligations. I'm working to change that. But I think LDS Church messages about workplaces becoming more family-friendly should apply to universities, too, especially when they are owned by the Church.