Mike Rose, author of Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us Is Guest on November 21 KAZI Book Review
“My hope is that the contents of this book in some small way contribute to a reinvigorated discussion of why we educate in America, maybe through a particular story, maybe because of information I can provide from my own teaching and research, maybe from a perspective that provides a different way to see,” writes Rose.
In Why School, Rose challenges educational policies and practices that focus almost exclusively on standardized testing and preparing students for economic competitiveness.
“We’ve narrowed the purpose of schooling to economic competitiveness, our kids becoming economic indicators. We’ve reduced our definition of human development and achievement – that miraculous growth of intelligence, sensibility, and the discovery of the world – to a test score,” writes Rose.
Mike Rose is a professor on the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Over the last forty years, he has taught in a range of educational settings, from kindergarten to job training and adult literacy programs.
He has written a number of books and articles on language, literacy, and cognition. He is the author of ten books including Lives on the Boundary: the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America, The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, and An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity.
The son of Italian immigrants, Mike Rose was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and raised in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of Loyola University (B.A.), the University of Southern California (M.S.), and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A. and Ph.D.).