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Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves A Second Chance at Education

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It’s a statistic that’s sure to surprise: close to 45 percent of postsecondary students in the United States today do not enroll in college directly out of high school and many attend part-time. Following a tradition of self-improvement as old as the Republic, the “nontraditional” college student is becoming the norm. Back to School is the first book to look at the schools...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by New Press, The
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One week ago, a stranger punched me in the mouth while I was on a walk. It was as impersonal an exchange as possible: He said nothing, took nothing, and ran away immediately afterward. I was pretty pissed off, both because I had to go to the ER to figure out if he damaged more than a now-missing tooth, and because someone attacked ME. Why the hell would you do that? I'm just a guy, walking! Dammit!

Incidentally, I was 80% through this book when the assault happened, and I'm glad I happened to be...more
Jenny GB
In Back to School, Rose discusses the current state of community college education with all of its hopes and challenges. His major premise is that a college education, despite what politicians and many others believe, should be about both education to secure a job and education to open the mind to the pleasure of learning. He seems concerned that a focus on providing funding, evaluating programs, etc. based purely on statistics about completion rates or job attainment fail to show the full pictu...more
Like all of Mike Rose's books that I've read, this one is thoughtful, well-informed, and compassionate--populated by the students Rose has encountered in his travels to U.S. community colleges, technical schools, adult literacy programs, and ESL classrooms as he explores the phenomenon of adults returning to post-secondary education. In the process, he found (no surprise to me since I teach at a community college) that the students not only improved their job prospects but also enriched their li...more
Jody Koch
I read this book for a work related organization that I belong to and was sort of dreading it--again with the "assigned" reading. However, it was very easy to read. I think it would be a good introduction to people unfamiliar with the challenges of secondary education--particularly at the community college. As an educator, I thought if offered some ideas and reminded me about why my job is so important. It's something I would pick up again, after I'm done with school, so I had more time to pay a...more
In Back to School Mike Rose makes a passionate argument for joining the hand and the mind through connecting the vocational and academic tracks in education. He also provides a series of compelling portraits of grown-ups who need a second chance at higher education, and who have much to offer back when given that chance. Back to School offers a hopeful vision of what our nation might become if we committed ourselves to educating not just "workers" but indivduals who form our communities and fami...more
Mark Isero
I like Mike Rose. (Lives on the Boundary was excellent.) In this book, Rose argues that fewer and fewer students are going to college in the old-fashioned, conventional way (of after high school) and that we need to do a better job of addressing people who want to return to school to get a better education.

In everything he writes (he writes really well), Rose reminds me that there are many paths. If I'm a teacher and I don't quite reach a student, I should keep trying, and even if I fail, there...more
Alicia Low
I'm biased towards Mike Rose, but I really do believe this book has some important insights about second chance education - the factors we overlook in thinking about the academic versus vocational tracks, about the purposes and outcomes of community college, and about why people go back to school. If nothing else, read this book for Mike Rose's unique and fascinating fieldwork !
Vilma Mesa
I was impressed by the clarity of the arguments made. the depth of involvement with the communities he visited. and his passion for making us understand that this issue of sending people back to school has many dimensions that can't be ignored.
Adam Sprague
Rose has quickly become one of my favorite authors on education.
Insightful/thoughtful book about first-generation students at the community college level.
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