Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, Feb 9, 2011 - Democracy and education - 168 pages
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In the tradition of Jonathan Kozol, this little book is driven by big questions. What does it mean to be educated? What is intelligence? How should we think about intelligence, education, and opportunity in an open society? Why is a commitment to the public sphere central to the way we answer these questions? Drawing on forty years of teaching and research, from primary school to adult education and workplace training, award-winning author Mike Rose reflects on these and other questions related to public schooling in America. He answers them in beautifully written chapters that are both rich in detail - a first-grader conducting a science experiment, a carpenter solving a problem on the fly, a college student's encounter with a story by James Joyce - and informed by a deep and powerful understanding of history, the psychology of learning, and the politics of education. Rose decries the narrow focus of educational policy in our time: the drumbeat of test scores and economic competition. Why School? will be embraced by parents and teachers alike, and readers everywhere will be captivated by Rose's eloquent call for a bountiful democratic vision of the purpose of schooling.

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User Review  - garrasir - LibraryThing

In Why School? Mike Rose examines the core principals that should be guiding the educational system. Rose provided a new perspective on American education. This is a good text for college students and ... Read full review

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A slim read that offers a great deal to think about with regards to American education: what we teach, how we teach, and why we teach. Strangely, these are all questions which seem lost in our greater ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Michael D. Rose spent four years as a retail stockbroker in Toledo, OH, where he became interested in retirement plans and personal retirement planning. One year after joining Benetech, Inc., a national actuarial and 401(k) plan administration firm, in 1989, Mike was promoted to Regional Vice President and moved to Chicago, where he developed the firm's Midwest territory. He then joined Lord Abbett & Co. in 1995, where he was named Director of Retirement Planning, and promoted to executive partnership in 2002. From 1995 until his retirement in 2004, Mike built Abbett's 401(k) business from 12 plans to over 10,000.

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