Is College Worth It?: A Former United States Secretary of Education and a Liberal Arts Graduate Expose the Broken Promise of Higher Education

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Thomas Nelson Inc, 2013 - Education - 278 pages
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In this book the author, a former Secretary of Education explores the answer to a critical question: Should we keep sending our kids to college? The American system of higher education comprises some of the best universities, teachers, and students the world has ever seen. Millions of students around the globe want nothing more in their life than to attend an American university. However, many of America's colleges and universities today have serious academic, institutional, and other performance problems, and it is quickly approaching a crisis point, if it is not there already. Despite some excellent colleges and quality programs at many colleges, too much of higher education is wildly expensive. Students often graduate having learned little, or do notgraduate at all. They are subjected to all types of non-academic distractions. For these reasons, many students would be better served exploring other educational alternatives. Here the authors assess the problems of American higher education at variouslevels, from runaway costs to inferior academics to poor graduation rates to political indoctrination, and propose serious reforms and alternative methods for improving higher education so that it better serves students.

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User Review  - HeidiPA -

I was glad that the authors were so straightforward and honest! Let’s face it, college isn’t for everyone. Our country has strayed so far from what college once was – a track for those who were ... Read full review

Is college worth it? Maybe, maybe not ...

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The idea of going to college is so deeply enmeshed into the American dream, it would seem silly to ask if college is worth the overall investment. But things have changed, and it has become an ... Read full review


One The Borrowing Binge
Two Creating a Financial Monster
Three So Is It Worth It?
Four The Lower Side of Higher Ed
Five With Eyes WideOpen
Twelve Hypothetical Scenarios
Schools Worth Attending

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William John Bennett (born July 3, 1943) is an American politician and political theorist. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also held the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (or "Drug Czar") under George H. W. Bush. Bennett was born in Brooklyn but later moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended Gonzaga College High School. He graduated from Williams College and went on to get a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Political Philosophy. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

David Wilezol is the associate producer for Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also a 2012 Publius Fellow of the Claremont Institute and currently a graduate student in Greek and Latin at Catholic University in Washington DC.

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