The statistics come as a total surprise to most: 45 percent of postsecondary school students do not enroll directly out of high school. Many are part-time students, people who are returning to school after life intervened, or otherwise nontraditional” learners—and this segment is growing.Back to Schoolis the first book to look at this population of second chancers,” in a work that Make magazine calls optimistic yet simultaneously realistic.”
Writing in the anecdotal style of his bestsellingPossible Lives, veteran educator Mike Rose paints a vivid picture of the community colleges and adult education programs that give millions of Americans a shot at reaching their aspirations. Chapters treat topics from remedial education and bridging the academic-vocational divide to the economic and social benefits of returning to school, the importance of second-chance education for democracy, and the college-for-all debate. Throughout, Rose combines whatEducation Digestcalls rich and moving vignettes of people in tough circumstances who find their way” with whatPublishers Weeklycalls highly practical areas for improvement in higher ed, such as orientation programs, occupational schools, physical campus layouts, and pedagogical training for new teachers.”
Praise forBack to School:
Back to Schoolopened my eyes. It forced me to dig through my own beliefs about whom contemporary higher education is for and why, and how we might best re-craft it for learners who desire it deeply.
Anna Neumann,The Journal of Higher Education
Mike Rose shines a light on institutions that are teaching students, young and old, how to rebuild our economy and put America back to work.
President Bill Clinton
Thoughtful and surprising.
The Washington Post