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The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It Paperback – August 17, 2010
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Craig Brandon is the author of five books and a former education reporter and college writing teacher. His writing has won awards sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the National School Boards Association, the Associated Press and first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association. He lectures frequently on topics connected with his books and has appeared on the History Channel, PBS and Unsolved Mysteries.”
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Brandon's thoughts are reinforced by Babcock and Marks' "Leisure College, USA." They report that in 1961, the average full-time student at a four-year college studied about 24 hours/week, vs. 14 today - less than half as much as universities claim to require. Their conclusion is that standards have fallen.
Tuition increases are too often spent in an inter-school 'arms race' for construction projects that include movie cineplexs, sports bars, rock climbing walls, and even add dorm concierges, valet parking, and steak and lobster for lunch. More seriously, crime is often underreported to maximize ratings, and job prospects can be daunting.
The Federal Educational rights and Privacy Act of 1974 made student grade reports off-limits to parents - why, in most instances they're paying for it?Read more ›
I enjoyed graduate school much more because there was more maturity. People went with a purpose. But undergraduate school seems to be in danger of becoming the new high school. What a shame! And there's a prevailing "wisdom" that everybody "needs" to go to college.
Contrary to the book's title, I don't believe anybody should send a "child" to college. Call me picky with regard to words if you must, but we have too many "children" in college. Please send them only when they're grown up.
This book should be read by every parent in America and they need to read it when their kids are still in grade school. Grade school? Yes, grade school, because that is when kids' expectations and dreams about higher education begin, and it almost always involves a love for a college's football or basketball teams. And usually parents take an active role in encouraging their children's interest. The college in question may even be the alma mater of a parent. So what's so wrong with getting a child interested in a particular college at an early age? You'll find the answer, the frightening, depressing answer in The Five-Year Party.
Craig Brandon has crafted a well-written, comprehensive account of the multiple problems that have seriously compromised the mission of education of many (but not all) of our nation's colleges. It is hard to overstate the seriousness of these problems:
Alcohol Abuse - binge drinking is so commonplace that it severely limits the ability of many students to study, leading many freshmen to drop out. Rapes, largely a consequence of alcohol abuse, occur in frightening numbers, yet they rarely lead to prosecution or even school discipline. Crimes like rape (and assault) are under-reported and under-prosecuted, because the college's first impulse is to protect the image of the university.Read more ›
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A must-read for every parent with a child ready for college. It shows how even at the college level, education is dumbed-down, with lots of campus "fru-fru" to keep the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cee a Reader
I am glad I purchased this book. I would recommend this book to anyone to read before deciding to go to college. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matthew
The book contained very interesting information which I believe to be true, but it seemed to become very repetitious.Published 16 months ago by Phyllis Cowden
This book makes tremendous points about how higher education has changed, and I have seen some of these trends in colleges firsthand. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scott A. Conroe
I've worked in higher ed for nearly a decade and was drawn to the byline of "how colleges have given up on educating your child" so I eagerly sought out this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by FightingScot82
Universities offered "easy" majors long before the middle of the 1990s. Except for very small schools, the student body is not a homogeneous group of students. Read morePublished on January 22, 2014 by Pamela Bucher
Is the higher education system working at the most effective capacity? No.
Compared to the past, is higher education better at preparing graduates for the real world? Read more
This book is a must-read for college administrators that need to hear the truth and for parents that are concerned about their children's education. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Mediaman
The first few chapters offer little evidence to support the author's central thesis and they were very repetitive. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer