By Emily Lambert | Content provided by Forbes.com
If you're hyper-focused on your area of the world (be that MF Global fallout or Dungeons & Dragons) but are or have a high-school kid, it's time to take a short but important break. High school juniors, seniors and their parents will head out to college campuses soon to participate that annual rite, the school tour.
It's asking a lot to give these visits the focus and attention they deserve, but tuition is skyrocketing, and college debt levels are unsustainable. Too many students and their parents are about to pay top dollar for schools and graduation certificates that won't pay off for them in the long run, says Richard DeMillo, who directs the Center for 21st Century Universities at Georgia Tech, also the former chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard and author of the book "Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities."