Sunday, April 28, 2013

Is College Worth It?--A book review 

 In Is College Worth It?, William J. Bennett and David Wilezol assess the problems of American higher education at various levels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education that better serves our students.

The book Is College Worth It? explores the history of why college has become so expensive and why so many students have so much debt after college. The book helps you to evaluate a college based on the total cost of  tuition versus how much earning potential a graduate from that institution will have.  The book discusses careers that in the future will require more than a high school diploma, but less than four years of college. This book has case studies to help a potential student determine whether a trade, a gap year, working, or going to college is the right choice for them. 

Reading Is College Worth It? is like sitting down with a good guidance counselor who shares with you options for the future and is able to back up those options with data.  Being a mom who has three children looking at post secondary options over the next five years this was a critical read for me. The book did a great job of summarizing the current times in a readable way that will help me as a parent guide my children to  make informed  decisions about their future.  It is a book that I will encourage my children to read as it will help them self reflect and think about where their skills and passions can lead them to an affordable and fulfilling future.  I highly recommend Is College Worth It?

Note: I have found a site called Book Sneeze where you receive free books in exchange for an honest review.  The draw of free books was great, and I decided to give it a try.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments

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