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Finding Our Ways

by Mike Rose - 2008

A good education helps us make sense of the world and find our way in it. We are driven—as surely as we are driven to survive—to find meaning in our lives, to interpret what befalls us, the events that swirl around us, the people who cross our paths, the objects and rhythms of the natural world. We do this instinctively; it is essential to being human. So we do it with or without education.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 165-169
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22869, Date Accessed: 5/25/2020 10:06:45 AM

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  • Mike Rose
    Univerisity of California
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    Mike Rose is a nationally recognized education scholar, noted for his contributions to the study of literacy and for his insights into the struggles of working-class America, and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of many books, including The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker (2004), Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America (1995), and Lives on the Boundary (1989). This essay was written expressly for publication in this volume.
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