Why School?

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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 ...
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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9781458730381
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Why School?

1 In Search of a Fresh Language of Schooling

2 Finding Our Way:The Experience of Education

3 No Child Left Behind and the Spirit of Democratic Education

4 Business Goes to School

5 Politics and Knowledge

6 Reflections on Intelligence in the Workplace and the Schoolhouse

7 On Values,Work, and Opportunity

8 Standards, Teaching, Learning

9 Remediation at the University

10 Re-mediating Remediation

11 Soldiers in the Classroom

12 A Language of Hope

13 Finding the Public Good Through the Details of Classroom Life

Conclusion: The Journey Back and Forward

Notes

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