A Man’s Daughter Accused Him of Sexism When He Agreed to Pay for His Son to Attend Dentistry School But Refused to Fund Her Teaching Degree

A 49-year-old single father faced a challenging decision regarding his children’s education and the college expenses that were necessary to fund their careers, as he could not feasibly fund both.

A Single Father

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The man had two children, Jake, aged 23, and Nikki, aged 17, both from a previous marriage. With full custody and no financial support from their mother, he was solely responsible for their well-being and education.

Jake’s Dream School

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Jake, the elder sibling, had secured admission to his dream school, a prestigious institution for dentistry. Unfortunately, he had not received any scholarships. The cost of tuition and living expenses at this top-tier undergraduate school amounted to approximately $50,000 per year. 

Helping His Son

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Determined to support his son’s education without burdening him with debt, the father had committed to covering not only Jake’s undergraduate expenses but also the cost of a dentistry degree. 

A Wise Investment

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Whilst this would concern a large sum of money, the father saw this as a wise investment in Jake’s future. The man justified his decision: “While I know it will be costly, I view this as a good investment as he’ll have a starting salary of about $120,000 as a dentist in our area. If he decides to become an oral surgeon, his starting salary will be almost double that figure.”

Nikki’s Dream

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Nikki, a bright high school senior, had her own aspirations. She dreamt of becoming a middle school teacher, a goal she had cherished since childhood. 

A Less Worthy Investment

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However, the father was aware that middle school teachers in their area earned salaries ranging from $48,000 to $60,000. The father questioned whether investing over $300,000 in her education for a profession with limited earning potential was wise.

A Tough Conversation

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The father discussed the matter with Nikki, expressing his concerns about the financial implications of her chosen career. Unfortunately, these conversations had left Nikki distraught. “She cried and accused me of favoring Jake and being sexist, which is not true”, the man explained. 

Involving the Family

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With emotions running high, Nikki involved other family members in the debate. Some relatives remained neutral, while others agreed with the father’s perspective, recognizing the financial realities at play. However, some family members urged him not to play favorites, adding further weight to his doubts.

A Father’s Inner Conflict

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Despite his good intentions, the father couldn’t help but feel terrible about the situation. He began to doubt his stance, wondering if he was indeed wrong in his decision. He wrestled with the complex emotions of balancing financial responsibility with his daughter’s dreams.

Heading Online

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The man wrote out his story, posting it online in the hope that his actions would be validated by others. However, this is far from what the man received. “This whole post reeks of favoritism”, scrutinized one person. “I hope the dentist switches to an art major halfway through.”

It’s Only Fair

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Other commenters believed it was only fair that the man paid for his daughter’s education, regardless of her career path. “You should at least pay what you are paying for your son’s education and let her take out student loans for the rest”, one commenter claimed.

Be Realistic, Nikki

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Some community members took the father’s side, including someone who was once in a similar situation to Nikki. They wrote: “Former teacher here. Nikki needs to face reality sooner rather than later.”

Money Over Nobility

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However, most readers were outraged by the father. “You should feel bad…”, wrote one. “You’re paying fully for the child who will easily pay off some loans with a great profession. You’re then discouraging your daughter who wants to be a teacher, an incredibly noble and needed profession, burdening her with loans that she will take forever to repay because she will earn less”.

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