Marcia R. (Fargo, ND)
Really? Skip the SAT!
I wish that this book was available 15 years ago when my children were in middle school. The educational system in the US needs to re-boot. This book goes the extra mile in informing educators, students, parents and grandparents on new approaches to traditional education. The author did all the research and experienced a global education with her family to make the decision a little easier for the student who would like to get off the treadmill and become a global student. A book worth reading!
Susan H. (Charleston, WV)
The New Global Student and I Want to go too!
I haven’t read a book like The New Global Student by Maya Frost ever. Ms. Frost’s book is an exceptionally inspirational parenting book for the 21st century. I was a bit skeptical about finances for an international education, but with the reliable web resources and other tips, those doubts have disappeared. This book is a friendly, enjoyable, and personal read while promoting the concepts and advantages of a global education. I highly recommend it to school and public libraries for purchase. I have recommended it to my friends and family with kids who want the broad life experiences of a non-traditional educational route. Thanks and kudos to the author and her family for sharing their global experiences and guiding others to this adventure.
David L. (Taft, CA)
Old Schooler Converts to Bold Schooler
The skeptic in me immediately wanted to “pooh pooh” Maya Frost’s notion of taking a nontraditional path towards international scholarship. I tried a nontraditional path and ended up adding decades to my completing my degrees and creating a mountain of debt that spelunkers have contacted me about climbing.
I am glad I turned the cover of this book. While I was not immediately buying into Frost’s argument that traditional American high school experiences are not preparing students for global competition, I was hooked by Mark Twain’s quote. This turned out to be one of many of the marvelous features in this book. Ms. Frost has liberally sprinkled her pages with pith and sassiness to wake up the stodgiest of readers. The physical layout of the pages pulls the reader along unobtrusively while the material she presents sinks into the brain. Her constant plays upon and inventiveness with words (I loved “FEGO!”) kept me reading far longer in a sitting than I had originally intended. Several chapters later I found that my skepticism had disappeared and was replaced by incredible enthusiasm and strong commitment to support my students and their families in their global quests for college credits abroad.
The premise of the book is well supported. It is entirely possible for today’s young people to say “Good-bye, old school” and “Hello, bold school” in their quest for international scholarship and getting “sizzling 21st-century skills” without debt. Maya Frost thoroughly documents her family’s journeys and enlists the stories of dozens of others to confirm her assertion. Most convincing are her daughters’ tales of initial concerns yielding to unique experiences that have shaped all of them into multi-talented young women in great demand by many international firms. It is hard to argue with success.
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.
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!
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.