Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us

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The New Press, 2009 - Education - 177 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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Excellent, quick, and insightful read on the purposes of schooling in America and how those purposes have shifted over time. Explores the cost of this shift to producing workers and questions some of ... Read full review

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Contents

i n t ro d u c t i o n Why School?
1
one In Search of a Fresh Language of Schooling
24
The Experience of Education
30
thre e No Child Left Behind and the Spirit of Democratic Education
43
four Business Goes to School
52
f ive Politics and Knowledge
65
s i x Reflections on Intelligence in the Workplace and the Schoolhouse
73
s even On Values Work and Opportunity
89
n i n e Remediation at the University
117
t e n Remediating Remediation
127
e l even Soldiers in the Classroom
139
twe lve A Language of Hope
145
t h i rt e e n Finding the Public Good Through the Details of Classroom Life
153
concl u s i o n The Journey Back and Forward
161
acknowledgments
171
not e s
173

e i g h t Standards Teaching Learning
97

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Mike Rose, a professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, is the author of Lives on the Boundary, The Mind at Work, and Possible Lives. Among his many awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Commonwealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction. He lives in Santa Monica.

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