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NWP Radio—Why School? A Conversation with Mike Rose

Date: March 15, 2010

Summary: With so many policy prescriptions pointing to alternatives to the model of public education, it is a good time to ask the question: Why School? Scholar and author Mike Rose responds to this and other questions at the heart of his new book in two episodes of NWP Radio.


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The way we talk about school matters. If the national discussion is one that is despairing and dismissive and says things like, 'Maybe public schools were once a noble experiment, but now they're a failure,' or as one writer in the Weekly Standard put it, 'Let's face it, we all know that American public schools are a joke' . . . then you're not even left with a problem to solve, you're not even left with a door to open to make it better.

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