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Table of 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

About the Author

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.


"A beautifully written work . . . [a] moving call for a humane approach to education that accounts for the needs of every child."
--Christian Science Monitor

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