I recently finished a book by Maya Frost called The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education. If you’re interested in alternative education like me, then you will really enjoy this practical and interesting read.
The book isn’t about families who overland full-time like us, but the lessons it teaches will definitely apply to us down the road. What I love about The Global Student is that parents and students can pick and choose which strategies to use depending on their lifestyle–or they can use all of them. I wish I had this book when I was in high school!
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These are the types of topics that are discussed:
- The value of community college credits, preferably starting during high school
- Why AP classes and standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are unnecessary
- Using the GED as a tool to skip ahead
- Studying abroad in high school vs. college
- The best study abroad program for high schoolers to use
- Why studying abroad is so valuable and how to make the most of the opportunity
- How to get the same quality degree for much less (like, tens of thousands of dollars less)
Maybe you wish you could drive around the world with your kids, but the pieces aren’t in place for you to do so. The strategies in this book are based on the same educational principles as the ones Eric and I have for Caspian. But they’re strategies anyone can implement!
(If you’re interested, I share our philosophy of education here.)
Author Maya Frost and her husband moved from Oregon to Buenos Aires when their daughters were in high school. Their four daughters used a combination of methods to graduate early from university–I think most of them graduated with their Bachelor’s at 19 years old.
But what I love is that none of Frost’s recommendations are given with the competitive, get-ahead-at-all-costs, life-is-about-money philosophy that is so present in our culture. Instead, the recommendations are given because a global education is enriching for the rest of one’s lifetime, and high schoolers are more than capable of attending college earlier than the norm to get started with their life’s work. The New Global Student is about empowering our kids to reach for their dreams as soon as they’re ready, using educational hacks.
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Let me know what you think of the book! And also drop a comment if you’d like more book recommendations. I’m constantly reading about travel, education, and other topics that apply to living and working on the road. It doesn’t take a lot for me to write a quick review, but I’ll only do it if you’re interested!
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