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Monday, May 16, 2011

The Five-Year Party

A few weeks ago on my Saturday live talk show heard on some of these stations and on my website, I interviewed a college professor and author, Craig Brandon, who wrote a book called The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It. He describes the waste of money that students and their parents spend (or borrow) to pay for the college education that they think is the gateway to a good job and a prosperous life, plus the waste of young Americans' prime years of energy and creativity. He says that as many as 400 universities are actually subprime schools which have effectively given up on education and can be accurately called party schools, and that the majority of college students take five years in these party schools, not four, to graduate. That doesn't even count the 40% of students who enroll as freshmen but leave without getting a degree.

Colleges are interested in making money and acquiring as much government funding as possible, so they want to attract as many students as possible. Classes are adjusted so they don't demand much studying or reading or writing from students. Colleges often cover-up crime statistics and don't notify parents about crimes their children are involved in or are a victim. Many campuses are breeding grounds for binge drinking and drug use; almost 1,700 college students a year die while drunk. Colleges have an obsession with secrecy and conceal vital information from parents, even about their own children.

Craig Brandon concludes this helpful book with suggestions on how parents can identify and avoid colleges that are just party schools and help to return them to true educational institutions. I recommend it to parents. It's called The Five-Year Party.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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