The Years That Matter Most

The Years That Matter Most

How College Makes or Breaks Us

Book - 2019
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"The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a devastatingly powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States"--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780544944480
Branch Call Number: ANF 378.198 TOU
Characteristics: viii, 390 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 26, 2020

This very well written book takes a look at American college admissions. The book's main thesis shows how the admissions scale is tilted in various small ways in favor of the already-wealthy. The subject matter is well researched and the writing is fluid and entertaining because each section of the book is illustrated with a case study. I enjoyed taking a peek inside a typical American college admissions office, but I wasn't terribly shocked by Paul Tough's conclusions. Given that private American universities need to take-in enough cash to meet payroll, is it really surprising that they select mostly wealthy applicants who can afford to pay full tuition? It's also not very shocking that students from academically disadvantaged backgrounds perform better in university when given extra tutoring by the universities. Still, Paul Tough keeps the book interesting by focusing on individual case studies.

Sep 11, 2019

Paul Tough is coming to Seattle's Town Hall on Oct. 4th.

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