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Remembering Mike Rose: The Book He Completed Days Before His Death Has Now Been Published

on March 21, 2023


The Beacon Press has just published, posthumously, a book which UCLA educator and education writer, Mike Rose, finished writing only days before his sudden and untimely death in August, 2022.

Rose demonstrates that for many students, what matters is the person-to-person connection with a teacher or another mentor—and the care those adults demonstrate as they listen, observe, and respond. In the new book, When the Light Goes On: The Life-Changing Wonder of Learning in an Age of Metrics, Screens, and Diminished Human Connection, Rose explores a favorite theme running through his long career as an educator in books like Lives on the Boundary (1989), Back to School(2012), and Why School?(2009): “I’m especially interested in what opportunity feels like… I’m interested here in the experience of education when it’s done well with the student’s well-being in mind… (I)t is our experience of an institution that determines our attitude…

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