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This is just another book written by politicians/businessmen to provide their own political/business interests. My two main regrets are: 1) wasted time listening to obvious advice; 2) paying money for them.
This book promotes William Bennett's own company (K12) and other companies affiliated to him (e.g. Udacity).
The book reads like a long winded commercial with superficial arguments using limited and selective data (e.g. PayScale) to support them. The authors also used this opportunity to promote their own political and religious views, masked in form of education and financial advice, without presenting other views. In addition, many of the key arguments presented by the authors were inconsistent throughout the book.
Although the book pointed out high financial costs of U.S. education and questioned its effectiveness in training the American workforce, it made no effort to compare and draw insights from successful and relevant countries such as Canada, Australia, and Sweden. These countries offer cost-effective and high quality public education to their citizens in which American companies and universities recruits heavily from. Having been a former United States Secretary of Education, it is unlikely that Mr. Bennett is unaware of this information, but more likely it is ignored because it runs counter to his own political beliefs.
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Excellent book that i will own as a reference. This book delivers all the insider information that has a critical role in choosing your future college .
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Interesting as an educator to understand how the cost-benefit analysis of college education is become increasingly important. The common discourse of "university for all" is being questioned as salaries and unemployment levels should have parents, students and educators looking for more varied roads towards economic and family growth.