Today’s question, asked anonymously: “If parents can comfortably afford to send their child to college are they ethically obligated to do so?”
As the time for submitting college applications rolls around, many parents are preparing to empty their wallets in order to send their children off to pursue a better education. But, ethically speaking, where is the limit, at what point (if there is one) do parents no longer have to subsidize their kid’s education?
A brief answer, parents are generally morally obligated (presuming they are fully capable and the child desires post-secondary schooling) to pay for their child’s collegiate education. However, there are a few, limited situations, in which paying these costs, could be considered morally reprehensible.
For example, if the child has had a history of truancy issues, drug use, or anything that would severely impair or impede on more education, there may be grounds for not providing the extra schooling. Despite these small odds, most parents are morally obligated to support their children.
The parents brought their kids into this world, the least they could do (beyond what is legally required) is put their son or daughter on a path to success.
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