Jan S. (Saratoga, CA)
An approach that is not for the weak of heart
I wanted to really love this book, but for me it came up a bit short. I have a daughter in her junior year attending a Waldorf High School who would like to study abroad as a full-fledge university student in another country. While I found some of the stories encouraging, I felt that most of the students (and especially the author's daughters) were over-achievers. They make my daughter seem meek in comparison.
Ms. Frost does give some good practical tips on how to look for colleges abroad and some skills you will need to be successful in a foreign university. I especially liked the frank talk she gives parents. There are also good tips that can serve high school students well even if they do not choose to study abroad.
This book is defiantly not for mainstream America, but if you are thinking about college choices outside the standard American university, I recommend it.
Laura A. (Tequesta, Florida)
The new Global Student
Maya Frost's assessment of the education system we feed our children into is brilliant. Although the ultimate goal seems to be encouraging our students to study abroad, the book is really about how to encourage our children to develop a love of learning. Right down to the last detail, Frost pushes us to think outside the box and embrace change without fear. This is a wonderful book for anyone who is willing to reevaluate the value of the education their child is receiving.
Dorian B. (Bainbridge, NY)
Thinking outside the box
Maya Frost has written a book in which she is able to share the different approach that her family chose to educate their children. As an educator I applaud their ability to "think outside the box" and create new experiences. While not for everyone, it provides an excellent example to parents that the world still holds many opportunities. We do not necessarily need to leave the country, but following our instincts and knowing our children can help to create many educational opportunities.
Linda K. (Belvidere, IL)
If I could do it all again...
If I could do it all again, I would wait about 40 years to be born so that I could read The New Global Student during my summer vacation after 8th grade, and begin my high school years with a different outlook. Fortunately, for those of you who were born in the late 90s and beyond, and my high school friends who were having your kids in the mid to late 90s, you still have a chance.
If you cannot imagine 'bucking the system' to follow Maya Frost's recommendations/suggestions, read the book for the sheer joy of her humor and the 'dream of what could be'. No one will walk away from this book without having learned something new and without being changed. Before, during, or after reading the book, visit Ms. Frost's website (www.mayafrost.com) for more information about the students profiled in the book, as well as additional pointers, and to read what others have to say about the book and more importantly, the vision.
NO ONE should miss this eye-opening true-life adventure. Besides, the possibility of graduating college just a year or two after high school is well worth the price of the book and your time!
Helen S. (Sun City West, AZ)
Moving toward Bold School thinking
If you are the parent of a middle- or high school student or a school counselor who wants to help prepare high school students for challenging and interesting careers in a global economy, you would get practical, first-hand advice from The New Global Student. In an upbeat (sometimes almost flippant) style, Maya Frost tells why she and her husband chose to leave a comfortable suburban life in the Northwest and move to Mexico, then to Argentina, with their four daughters. The stories of many other students who studied, traveled, and worked throughout the world, became fluent in one or more languages other than English, finished college at least two years earlier than classmates who stayed in a traditional high school program in the United States, and often accomplished this without going into debt are inspiring.
Not all families who want to help their children prepare for a global career are in a position to sell everything and move abroad as the Frosts did. Those families could follow Maya Frost’s recommendations to take community college classes simultaneously with high school classes at home to earn as much as two years’ college credit before high school graduation, then to look for internships and/or jobs abroad to strengthen their language and job skills. The book is full of examples of the various paths taken by successful global students coming from wide range of economic backgrounds. In my opinion, this is a good book which shows that, with discipline and determination, a student desiring a global education could achieve this goal.
The book would be a valuable resource for families contemplating leaving the Old School way of thinking about education and going toward the Bold School of alternative education. Other parents can follow Maya Frost’s practical suggestions to give their students a richer, international education and not use up all the family savings in the process. I enjoyed the book and will recommend it to my two daughters who are now considering expensive, traditional college educations for their high school age children.
Kathleen W. (Appleton, WI)
The New Global Student
I loved this book and have already recommended it to others; it is a book that can change lives. I truly wish that this book had been written ten years ago when my own children could have benefited from its unconventional but well-researched advice. While this book will not have a universal audience, I believe that it will be an eye-opener and have great value to readers looking for alternatives to the American model of outrageously-priced college tuition. The book tells the experience of the author’s family and contains many anecdotal stories, but is also well documented and provides website and other practical information.
Susan Reiners (Dublin, NH)
Thinking Outside the Box
If money is no object in your family, pass on this book. If your college-bound student adores the pressure of tests and getting into a prestige college, don't bother with this book. If your student isn't interested in the wide world out there and how to make her mark, skip it. But if your family wants to save time and thousands of dollars in tuition and give your child the tools to become someone with impact in the global community,, run--don't walk--to your local independent bookstore and buy this book. Excellent advice and specific addresses to tailor your student's individual program.