Few things cost more than unexamined assumptions.
Never is this more true than when parents begin thinking about sending their first child to college.
Where will Junior go to college? And why? And who is driving this decision?
I remember a meeting with two parents who wanted to send their child to their alma mater, which was now a very expensive private school much more expensive than when they went. They would have had to borrow the money, so I simply asked them, Why are you doing this?