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Working Class to College: The Promise and Peril Facing Blue-Collar America Hardcover – February 10, 2017
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I decided to pick up this book thinking it would be a politically charged one. I wanted something meatier than my current reads and as someone who grew up in blue collared America, I was really interested to see what Carr had to say. Carr tells a lot of eye opening facts that are both insightful and helpful to understanding how a lot of people see the college system. Carr explains what he learned from growing up with a very poor childhood, but also pitfalls that many first generation college students and their families take on that lead to crushing debt. Admirably while giving facts and suggestions for parents and students alike, he tells about his mentoring and scholarship program he created to give back to the same community that brought him up. Carr made it his mission to help students and he has. I would recommend this to parents who have children in middle school (but honestly, much earlier) so they can begin setting achievable financial goals and learn more about preparing children for college. The only reason why I did not give this book a higher rating is because he discussed his mentoring program so much that I often found myself skimming these sections.