An Educated Choice: Advice for Parents of College-Bound Students

An Educated Choice: Advice for Parents of College-Bound Students

by Frank A. Brock


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ISBN-13: 9781596380592
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2006
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Frank A. Brock, former president of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia (1987–2002) and current president of the Covenant College Foundation, serves on the boards of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities, the Maclellan Foundation, the McCallie School, and the Chattanooga Resource Foundation.

Table of Contents

1.What Do You Want from Your Child's Education?17
2.College Education Today25
3.Understanding Teens39
4.Helping Students Ask the Right Questions55
5.Practical Essentials in Making the College Choice75
6.What Students Need from a College Education85
7.Why Colleges Fail to Give Students What They Need103
8.A Curriculum That Develops Knowledgeable Faith113
9.Preparing Your Student to Receive a Good Education121
10.The Lasting Impact of a Life-Changing Education129
Recommended Books for Further Reading139

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Frank A. Brock is the former president, serving from 1987 to 2002, of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, a four-year, liberal arts, residential school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. I picked up a copy of this book at a homeschooling conference where Covenant College had an exhibitor table. With more than four thousand colleges and universities in the United States alone, how can parents assist their children in selecting the right one? Brock helps parents of high school students negotiate the maze of choices with sound advice and practical information by answering many questions parents have, such as "Is bigger necessarily better?"; "Can I afford to send my child to a private college?"; "Is prestige important?"; "What is a 'good' education?"; "What constitutes a positive learning environment?"; and "Should I send my child to a Christian college?" One may not necessarily agree with every specific statement, but in general there is a lot of wisdom expressed. This is a fascinating book. The chapters on “College Education Today” with its history of post-secondary schooling in America, and “Understanding Teens” based on Brock’s experiences as a college educator, contain excellent information. Other chapters have helpful material about social factors affecting the learning environment, the pros and cons of college loans, and the importance of student attitudes. Brock contends that both parents and students benefit by discussing what they want out of a college education, and he offers valuable material for discussion. I thought that there would be more emphasis on worldview, but this is not entirely omitted. Indeed, it is summed up in the closing sentences. “How do you want your child to view the world after college? Do you think a person can spend four years of study without being affected by the perspective held by his or her esteemed professors? Is college really just about getting a good job? Should it be? How will you talk to your student about the lasting impact of a life-changing education?” Parents of college-bound students will benefit from this straightforward, honest approach to choosing a college or university and the need to choose wisely.