Challenging the idea that "everyone should go to college," Is College Worth It?
examines the skyrocketing ratio of college debt to job security/income post-graduation. Putting forth the idea that up to two-thirds of people going to four-year colleges out of high school should be doing something else, this book examines salary differences between white-collar and blue-collar work that doesn't require debt, examines payscale rankings from various institutions, looks at the supposed value of education from faculty who skew as politically-liberal, and encourages gaining non-collegiate skills that will benefit firms and businesses. Advocating apprenticeships, hybrids, and trade schools, online education, and the benefits of some smaller Christian schools such as Patrick Henry and New Saint Andrews College, this book provides a conservative path towards higher education and reasonable debt for today's economy.
Unabridged audio CD.
Unabridged audio CD.
Is college worth the ever-increasing cost?
From the mouths of politicians and parents alike, the notion that everyone should go to college is conventional wisdom in America. Yet half of todays college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. They have little to show for their time in school but a massive amount of student-loan debt and an education thats left them unprepared for the workplace.
For anyone making a decision about their educational and financial future, Is College Worth It? is an indispensable guide. Former United States Secretary of Education William Bennett and humanities graduate student David Wilezol offer clear-eyed analysis and practical advice that goes far beyond glossy admissions brochures and convoluted financial-aid paperwork. Youll discover:
Which colleges offer a good return on your investmentand which ones dont
How student-loan debt impacts your real-world finances
What the intellectual climate is really like inside many of todays universities
A wealth of higher education alternatives to a traditional four-year degree
Is college worth it isnt a question to be answered by educators and economists alone. It is also one that students and parents need to answer for themselves in order to secure an educationand a futurethat is as responsible as it is rewarding.
Dr. William J. Bennett is one of Americas most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. He studied philosophy at Williams College (BA) and the University of Texas (PhD) and earned a law degree from Harvard. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennetts Morning in America, he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (19811985) and Secretary of Education (19851988), and first director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (19891990). Bennett has contributed to Americas leading newspapers, magazines, and television shows. He is the author and editor of several national bestselling books, including The Book of Virtues, America: The Last Best Hope, and The Book of Man. He and his wife, Elayne, reside in North Carolina and have two grown sons. Follow him on Twitter: @WilliamJBennett.
David Wilezol is the associate producer for Bill Bennetts Morning in America. He is also a 2012 Publius Fellow of the Clare- mont Institute and currently a graduate student in Greek and Latin at Catholic University in Washington DC. Follow him on Twitter: @davidwilezol.