Rated of 5
by 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.
Rated of 5
by 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.
Rated of 5
by Becky H. (Chicago, IL) Use this information judiciously
This is a great book for a parent of middle and high schools students to read. The author's daughters did a fast track to their first jobs that you may (or may not) want to emulate! There is lots of good information in this book, but you need to balance her ideas against your own children's needs, desires and maturity level. Not all students want to, or should, barrel through high school and college in two or three years.
Her take on the pluses of living in a foreign country as a local are spot on! But don't believe her negative view of the International Baccalaureate program and immersion schooling. There are good and bad programs in both entities. She doesn't mention Waldorf Education with its global perspective and emphasis on the arts (But it IS expensive). She gives the Peace Corps only a brief mention. Both offer another way to get a global viewpoint, broad practical experience and several languages.
Disclaimer -- my daughter attended a Waldorf school through 8th grade, did the IB program through high school, spent a summer in Spain, attended a small liberal arts college where she was able to plan her own curriculum (magna cum laude), did an intensive language program at St. Petersburg University (Russia) on her own and spent the last 2 1/2 years in Kazakhstan with the Peace Corps and speaks three languages plus English. It STILL took her 6 months to land a job this year!
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