Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us

Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us

by Mike Rose
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1595584676

ISBN-13: 9781595584670

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: New Press, The


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595584670
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


CONTENTS

Preface ix

Introduction: Why School? 1

1. In Search of a Fresh Language
of Schooling 25

2. Finding Our Way: The Experience
of Education 31

3. No Child Left Behind and the Spirit
of Democratic Education 43

4. Business Goes to School 53

5. Politics and Knowledge 65

6. Reflections on Intelligence in the
Workplace and the Schoolhouse 73

7. On Values, Work, and Opportunity 89

8. Standards, Teaching, Learning 97

9. Remediation at the University 117

10. Re-mediating Remediation 127

11. Soldiers in the Classroom 139

12. A Language of Hope 145

13. Finding the Public Good Through the
Details of Classroom Life 153

Conclusion: The Journey Back and Forward 161

Acknowledgments 171

Notes 173

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