What do you think Mike Rose says that schooling should attend to?

He believes that within the educational experience, one should be actively using their mind, learning how to make sense of the world and argue for something in an effective way, gaining independence, self advocacy, insight into human nature and the ability to reflect on oneself, and finding a way to go after goals and ambitions. 

How does he think it should it attend to those things, and why should it attend to those things?

Rose seems to believe that schooling should place importance on the experience, so that the learning is not just coming from teachers, but from the whole experience itself. He believes that schooling should provide opportunity to do all of the things listed above, and that the schooling experience should include people that give you some kind of hope and opportunity. 

What does he say schooling does attend to? How does he see it attending to those things?

Rose writes that schooling today focuses on passing on tradition, teaching students how to be economically successful adults, and fostering knowledge. He illustrates that in the best educational situations, schooling offers hope and opportunity, and a new perspective on life. He depicts this happening mostly through examples of good teachers, and by showing how different disciplines can teach different life skills. 

How are Rose’s ideas connected or not connected to those in the (brief!) Vilson blog post?

They both imply that the actual experience of school and the education system itself are essential parts of understanding education. Vilson asserts that in order to address education we must look at the current system instead of just the more immediate factors, such as teachers and students. Similarly, Rose illustrates the significance of the experience that our education system provides, and the idea that it is just as important as the actual knowledge that is learned. 

What’s one question that this analysis has raised for your own thinking, and/or that you’d like to take up with the class?

At the end of the reading, Rose mentions how the experience of schooling is the same as that of democracy – Is this a good thing, and what does that say about both education and democracy?