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When the Light Goes On by Mike Rose
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Feb 20, 2024 | ISBN 9780807093344

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“[The author’s] inspiring accounts offer strong testimony.”

“Mike Rose’s masterful final book, When The Light Goes On, is a reflection on the beauty and magic of learning. But it is not only that—it is also a much-needed reframing, for policy and practice and research, of what learning is and how we talk about it, foster it, and measure it. With meticulous detail and artful storytelling, Rose brings to life the moments when learning changes everything—life trajectories, identities, intellectual engagement, futures. It is fitting that this is his final work, laced with both fear about the state of education and hope that we could reach for something more humanizing, richer, and more connected to the lives and personhood of learners.”
—Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir, president of the Spencer Foundation

“Mike Rose had a unique voice. He was not in the thick of policy battles. He worked on a different level, seeking to understand people and their lives.”
—Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools; former US assistant secretary of education; and founder of the Network for Public Education

“The particular way [Rose] saw the world resonates more than ever before as our debates about the future of school and work only intensify. He argued with care and eloquence that we risk too narrow a view of the way the physical, the human, and the cognitive blend in all kinds of learning and in all kinds of labor. Mike Rose’s intelligence would enlarge our civic imagination on big subjects at the heart of who we are—schooling, social class, and the deepest meaning of vocation.”
—Krista Tippett, On Being

“[Rose] had a keen gift for uncovering, through intensive one-on-one work with writers, the deep (and often poignant) logic behind surface errors. His work heralded a paradigm shift in the way that writing is taught in our educational system, from elementary school through college.”
—Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker

“[Rose] believed that everyone, regardless of their background, was capable of learning, had ideas that were worthy, and fundamentally belonged.”
—Janelle Scott, professor and Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities, University of California–Berkeley School of Education

Table Of Contents

Foreword, by Christina A. Christie

When the Light Goes On

Anatomy of an Awakening

Learning to Do Things with Books

What Teachers See

From Life Lessons to the Classroom

Expecting More of Yourself

Becoming Smart

Finding Educational Opportunity

How the Light Goes On

On Method

Afterword: Through Light and Shadow, by Power of Opportunity and Experience, by Manuel Espinoza
An Acknowledgment

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