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The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education Paperback – May 19, 2009
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—Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of A Whole New Mind
“Maya’s book lays out clearly and simply how our kids are going to be living as America's First Global Citizens.”
—John Zogby, President/CEO of Zogby International and author of The Way We’ll be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream
"If we want our kids—and our country--to thrive in the global economy, we need to follow the excellent advice in this inspiring book."
—Bill Bartmann, Billionaire Business Coach
"This book is chock-full of fresh ideas."
—Peg Tyre, author of The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Parents & Educators Must Do
"The New Global Student recognizes the truth of the American kindergarten through college education conveyor belt–-it is preparing children for the last century's economy…This inspiring guide shows the way to prepare students for full, satisfying, and self-directed lives. Parents owe it to their children to read this book."
—Bob Compton, Venture capitalist, Executive producer of the documentary, "Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination"
"The New Global Student offers an adventurous, grab-life-by-the-collar alternative to the traditional teenage rat race. Frost's lively prose and the students' eye-opening testimonials make this unorthodox guide a brisk and pleasurable read."
—Dan Brown, author of The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle
“Depressed about college applications and costs? The New Global Student will lift your spirits. It's smart, practical and fun. I guarantee it will make a difference."
—Peter Benson, Ph.D., author of Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers
"Maya Frost may sound like a wacky mom who yanked her family somewhere south of the border. But once you read her engaging, witty and above all practical book, you realize: She's you...if you only took a step back and considered: what kind of life would really help my kids, my bank account and my family's future?”
—Lenore Skenazy, author, Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
“The globalization of higher education is shaping a new borderless innovation economy in which talent, opportunities and resources can come from anywhere. The New Global Student provides a timely manual for those with the foresight to ride these waves of change and opportunity.”
—John Kao, author, Innovation Nation and Chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation
“Frost's book serves as a refreshing antidote to the uninspired, expensive, and challenge-averse educational offerings of the day. Never have students and parents needed its bold, possibility-affirming message more than now.”
—Bill Farren, Founder, Education For Well-being
“Some books inspire, some inform, others convince or rouse the reader to action. The New Global Student does all this while being funny, smart, and a joy to read. In the midst of the whirlwind of stress and expectation that surrounds parents and children as college approaches, Maya Frost’s voice whispers: There is another way.”
—Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers
“Maya Frost is like Dr. Spock for a new generation of paranoid parents…This irrepressible book blows open doors and gets you moving in a whole new direction. Truly a lifesaver.”
—Karen Maezen Miller, author, Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood
“Get your hands on Maya Frost’s The New Global Student. It will open your eyes, get your heart pounding and your mind racing, and maybe set you off on the adventure of a lifetime.”
—Eric Maisel, Creativity for Life and Coaching the Artist Within
"With wit and wisdom, Maya Frost gives us a refreshing look at opportunities unknown to many of us. She offers a bold new way to help our kids discover their passions, develop their talents, and become successful leaders in our ever-changing global economy."
—Jim Fay, Co-founder, Love and Logic Institute, Inc.
“A terrific resource…Maya Frost firmly validates a parent’s choice to give their children a chance to experience life in another culture.”
—Robin Pascoe, author of Raising Global Nomads: Parenting Abroad in an On-Demand World
“Maya Frost's unconventional approach to international education got me thinking about new avenues – particularly to address my own teenage daughters' interests. As I read The New Global Student I found myself sharing its concepts with other parents whose children would like to pursue non-traditional paths for learning about the world and engaging in it.”
—Homa Sabet Tavangar, author, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World
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Maya Frost is a wise, witty guide with innovative ideas for global education. She explains her "Bold School" approach: WHY a substantial, immersive international experience before age 20 transforms students' brains as it creates global citizens. And she provides many ideas about HOW to create such an opportunity, safely and inexpensively. Practical discussions about gaining job experience, getting an education with little or no debt, and helping teens develop independence are spot on for the challenges that today's families face. This is a guide about living with passion and without fear as much as it is about traveling.
Frost shares her own experiences with her husband and four daughters living in several countries, but she also interviews many other exchange students and experts. What I love the most about "The New Global Student" is that Frost presents a smorgasbord of options and trusts the reader to develop a plan that is right for their family and personal situation. She talks about how to break free of traditional high schools, avoiding piling on AP classes, stressing about the SATs, and all that, but in the end she says, "A traditional four-by-four plan [4 years of high school, 4 years of college] could be the perfect choice as long as it's based on an understanding of all options available." That sums up this book's empowering, positive approach.
Recommended for all families, even (especially!) if you have not considered travel abroad. It's a great book to read when the kids are young, to open your eyes to a world of possibility.Read more ›
The famous quote, "don't let your schooling get in the way of your education," rings a bell here. Due to an increasingly competitive society, parents and students tend to respond by only pushing themselves, failing to recognize that there is more than option. That it's not a matter of life or death where exactly they attend college. And in her book "the new Global Student," Frost illustrates that traditional 4x4 (high school and college years) among students and parents has led to a wrong priority of values.
The current fad is to load up on extracurriculars, AP courses, club positions, SAT prep courses, and the list goes on. However, this is also a very alarmingtrend I believe and after reading "Global student" got the feeling that we are failing to realize that we students and the parents should together be seeking to live lives of meaning and happiness. Far too often, I see an increasingly number of students who are stressed at such tender and youthful ages, boring in terms of their personal and intellectual interests, failing to consider the meaning and purpose of life, and sadly thinking there are no other options.
Not only is this a real eye opener of traditional 4x4 thinking and the the immense benefits of someone who actually went abroad with her entire family (4 daughters and husband), it is an entertaining how to guide of how one can literally change their life for the better.Read more ›
I did not care for Ms. Frost's negative attitude towards Advanced Placement courses, the SAT, elite universities, etc. I agree with her that all the pressure on kids today to go that route isn't healthy, and that certainly someone can be very successful without having done any of these things. But her strident tone made me wonder if it wasn't perhaps a case of "sour grapes". It's one thing to say, "hey, there is another path to consider" and quite another to pooh-pooh the traditional route as "old-school".
The other thing that bothered me about "The New Global Student" was its cluttered layout. I found it distracted from what Ms. Frost was trying to say.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book to high school/college students and their parents.
The major criticism I had of the book is the authors assumption that a "global" child is the goal we are all/should all be aiming for, without much explanation as to why that is so much better for our children than a well-informed, balanced, but thoroughly American perspective. Perhaps given the title, her readers' agreement on that was a fair assumption on her part, but I don't happen to think that anything global or international is inherently better or worse than anything American, and I found myself quite tired of this assumption in the book. I want my children to understand how truly blessed they are, and to speak other languages, too, but I am not attempting to raise global citizens, I am attempting to raise American citizens that can connect with others around the globe. I didn't find any allowances for that in this book.
The second problem I had with the book is related to the first - the author throws her worldview into the book freely without ever stopping to consider that others with different worldviews may still be looking for non-traditional routes to college. Her pejorative use of "suburbia" turned me off, as did her completely out of place reference to health care in America not being as humane as health care in Argentina.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I realized that I love this book, when half through it I lost it on my trip. I jumped on amazon and ordered another one. Mind changing read,Published 4 months ago by Olena Centeno
Interesting read about study abroad opportunities. Wish it were more up to date though. I'm sure the info has changed a lot since it's last printing.Published 4 months ago by Kendra D.
A must for parents of smart kids & any high schoolers finding they have lost their love of learning. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by kali
While I can't claim to have read every word in this book I did skim through the first portion. It doesn't apply exactly to me or my younger children yet so I focused on chapters 8... Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by jgdom
If you are looking for a book that will encourage you to imagine a bigger and better education for your child, one that costs less and steps way outside the box, then GET THIS... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Tab
First off, this is a terrible book if you are a family trying to figure out ways to save money and send your children to a good college. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Ricky Pooski
As someone who is entering the international education field, this is a must read. It makes you think critically about your education and IE, which in the end, will only make you... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Randa
In general, the author gives good ideas for parents and their teen/college-age students and alternatives for high school and college/university outside of the USA. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by J. E. DeLauche