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

Narrated by: Paul Tough
Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
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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.

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?

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 listeners 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.

©2019 Paul Tough (P)2019 Paul Tough

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