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Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves A Second Chance at Education Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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President Bill Clinton
"Mike Rose gets it. We either close the monstrous gap between academic study and skilled trades, or we fall into it. Back to School is a second chance not just for those individuals who need one, but for civilized life as we know it."
Mike Rowe, creator and executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs
"At a time when more and more are flocking back to the hallowed halls of the university in search of re-training and more substantial resumes, famed educator and professor Rose (Possible Lives) rethinks the role of college in American social and political life, proffering moving arguments for higher education reform.... Those working in secondary education would be remiss to ignore these crucial lessons."
"Whether the students Rose interviews are attending school for retraining, for the social interaction, or for a second chance at a better life, his prose pulls readers into becoming cheerleaders for them as they struggle to master basic reading and writing skills or learn the complexities of welding."
"Rose's idealism is the best kind: informed, tough-minded, self-aware. Those of us who inhabit lives on the cushier side of the educational boundary should honor, and act upon, his profoundly democratic spirit."
The Cutting Edge News
"Thoughtful and surprising."
The Washington Post
"Rose is a natural storyteller [with] an inclusive vision...A very important book."
The Daily Kos
"Impassioned, compelling...[Rose] has the knack of an experienced news writer for placing you on the scene."
"Rose insists eloquently that every productive adult in our society needs an education that fully engages the mind and heart."
"We see what Rose sees, and hear what he hears, in deep and sustained ways as he travels alongside students he accompanies to class in a range of 'second chance' programs We get to know those students."
The Journal of Higher Education
"Back to School makes its argument with Rose's usual intellectual thoroughness, low-key eloquence, and keen journalistic eye."
Erin Aubry Kaplan, KCET-TV
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself being challenged by some widely accepted American ideals, such as the traditional "Rags to Riches" story. However I also learned new things about my own education and the ways my own intelligence has been formed.
This book is critical to finding our way back to education for all, and in turn a brighter future for America. This is a book that every educator, policy maker, student, investor and pundit needs to read. This is a book that captures the seriousness of the situation the younger generations have found themselves in, with too much debt, little prospects and a grey future. This is a book for every adult with a fragmented education who wants a second chance to fill in the gaps, to stretch themselves, to inspire a brighter future for their children. This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly.
He doesn't approach educational reform with large good vs evil rhetoric or top-down policy suggestions, but, rather, through the lives of those he has observed, both the teachers and the students, he shows how the nurture provided by public education and services are like the good soil that helps lay the foundation that allows folks to be creative entrepreneurs of their own lives. This is a 21st century Walt Whitman singing the people of the welding shop, the remedial math class, and the dress-cutting floor.
I highly recommend this book for those who think they can't go back to school, for new and for burnt-out teachers, for anyone who appreciates reading of the struggles and small victories of everyday people and what they can teach us about life today in America.
Rose understands that low income students not only need financial assistance or better academic resources to succeed in higher education, but calls for a deeper evaluation from policy makers who only focus on statistical dropout rates instead of the success stories and the impact secondary institutions have on students who are seeking higher education before making new policies.
If you had not giving coming back to school a second thought, after reading this book anyone from any walk of life could be persuaded to seek higher education. On the cover page the reader could relate to one of people in the picture. I am the second one from the left and have been back in college since last year. I enjoyed reading this book and anyone who reads it will too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came in good condition, the book is interesting if this information is what you are after. I had to read it for a school assignment and I thought personally it was just ok.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
another book for school and its a easy and interesting read.Published 1 month ago by Shoshana Gebelmamm
Mike Rose is an outstanding writer. His work illustrates what a true educator might be thinking about and gives many insights that are helpful in working with students.Published 3 months ago by Ellen Shannon
This book is a must for anyone who works with adults in education!Published 19 months ago by Olga I.
This text is great with college education and English majors, showing how community colleges make a difference.Published 20 months ago by Tinkerbell
Rose's perspective is one that many of us in the education system share, but one that few of us have the gumption to admit.Published on March 29, 2014 by Camille K. Raspante