The Years That Matter Most by Paul Tough audiobook

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

By Paul Tough
Read by Paul Tough

HMH Audio 9780544944480
12.48 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780358285113

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    ISBN: 9781094063935

The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life? The Years That Matter Most tells the stories of students trying to find their way, with hope, joy, and frustration, through the application process and into college. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for. And it introduces us to the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and balance the budget, College Board officials scrambling to defend the SAT in the face of mounting evidence that it favors the wealthy, researchers working to unlock the mysteries of the college-student brain, and educators trying to transform potential dropouts into successful graduates. With insight, humor, and passion, Paul Tough takes readers on a journey from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops, from giant public flagship universities to tiny experimental storefront colleges. Whether you are facing your own decision about college or simply care about the American promise of social mobility, The Years That Matter Most will change the way you think—not just about higher education, but about the nation itself.

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A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in College and University Student Life

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

The best-selling author of How Children Succeed returns with a powerful, mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States

Does college still work? Is the system designed just to protect the privileged and leave everyone else behind? Or can a college education today provide real opportunity to young Americans seeking to improve their station in life?

The Years That Matter Most tells the stories of students trying to find their way, with hope, joy, and frustration, through the application process and into college. Drawing on new research, the book reveals how the landscape of higher education has shifted in recent decades and exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for. And it introduces us to the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and balance the budget, College Board officials scrambling to defend the SAT in the face of mounting evidence that it favors the wealthy, researchers working to unlock the mysteries of the college-student brain, and educators trying to transform potential dropouts into successful graduates.

With insight, humor, and passion, Paul Tough takes readers on a journey from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops, from giant public flagship universities to tiny experimental storefront colleges. Whether you are facing your own decision about college or simply care about the American promise of social mobility, The Years That Matter Most will change the way you think—not just about higher education, but about the nation itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A deeply moral guide to understanding the situation of children in our heartless meritocracy. The Years That Matter Most is a great book that should start a necessary conversation about the high cost of the race to the top.” George Packer, New York Times bestselling author
“Indelible and extraordinary, a powerful reckoning with just how far we’ve allowed reality to drift from our ideals.” New York Times Book Review
“Persuasively argues that universities must fulfill the American commitment to equality of opportunity.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Tough clearly shows that college placement remains mostly about wealth at the expense of a collective educational environment.” Kirkus Reviews
“His analyses of data are sound, his portraits of students and teachers sympathetic, his argument neatly structured, and his topic one with wide appeal.” Publishers Weekly
The Years That Matter Most reveals the heavy price a society pays when it no longer pulls together to give its young people the education they need. An extraordinary, indispensable book.” Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
“Forces us to unfold the suffering built into the creases of American higher education.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy
“It should be necessary reading for every student, professor, administrator, and trustee in this country interested in what radical revision looks like.” Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 12.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English