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Why School?


reviewed by William Ayers — November 23, 2009

coverTitle: Why School?
Author(s): Mike Rose
Publisher: The New Press, New York
ISBN: 1595584676, Pages: 144, Year: 2009
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In Why School? Mike Rose begins with the basics: Why does school matter? What’s distinct about education in a democracy? Why does equity matter? What constitutes good teaching? Rose’s purpose is to transcend the surface arguments swirling through our consciousness about this or that education reform agenda, or this or that particular school practice, by asking first and fundamental questions about the broad educational enterprise. He writes to take us closer to the root of things; he writes to cut through the cotton wool that entangles us, to wake us up, and to challenge any feelings we may harbor of powerlessness and passivity. Specifically, in this modest volume his ambition is to upend the controlling metaphor and the dominant discourse that has dramatically lowered the horizons of our collective imagination for many years when it comes to considering schooling for free people in a dynamic and participatory democracy. He wants... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 23, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15846, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:59:32 AM

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  • William Ayers
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    WILLIAM AYERS is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the author of several books on teaching and the fight for justice in our schools.
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