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Friday, June 7, 2013

Is College Worth it? A book review.

Who would know better about the state of education in America than a former secretary of education?  William Bennett and David Wilezol explore the state of education in this very informative book.

Everyone who is contemplating attending college should read Is College Worth It? .  The authors tell the reader about how the cost of tuition rises to meet the financial aid available. 

The authors also confirm something that I have been sure of all along.  Colleges are not teaching anything any longer.  They are creating a product and trying to satisfy customers to keep the money rolling in.  As a result, the level of education received is of little to no value.

We see in this book about the state of the K-12 education system in the United States and how it must be improved.  Years ago, my wife’s grandmother had to read and understand A Tale of Two Cities.  Grandma was in the third grade at the time.  Today, students do not read that book until high school, if at all.

I have seen projects turned in for a master’s level course that was full of grammatical errors and misspellings and that project received an A.  When I see the level of work that is A level for a junior college, I think that level of work is unacceptable even at a junior high school level.

All is not lost.  The book provides a list of schools that provide a good value for the investment.  I am very happy to see some of these.  I am disturbed by the schools that did not make the list. 

This book is very well documented and well researched.  It is well written and easy to read.  I count this as a “Must-read” book.

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