Books and Articles

Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education The New Press, September, 2012. Paperback edition, September, 2015. (Portuguese translation: DeVolta á Escola, São Paulo, Brazil: Senac, 2015.)

Public Education Under Siege (edited with Michael Katz) University of Pennsylvania Press, June, 2013. Hardback and paperback.

"The Inner Life of The Poor" Dissent, Summer, 2013.

Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us, 2nd edition, revised and expanded. The New Press, February, 2014. 

"MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia" Truthdig, March 5, 2014.

"Coming Back to School: What Returning Students Can Teach Us About Learning and Development" Change, March/April, 2014.

The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, (in The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker,Tenth Anniversary Edition.) Penguin, April, 2014. (Portuguese translation: O Saber No Trabalho, São Paulo, Brazil: Senac, 2007. Spanish translation: Mentes Trabajando, Montevideo, Uruguay: Cinterfor, 2016.)

The Mind at Work (in "The Mind at Work Ten Years After") The Hedgehog Review, Summer, 2014.

"Not Your Father's Shop Class: Bridging the Academic-Vocational Divide" American Educator, Fall, 2014.

"Character Education: A Cautionary Note" Essays on Character and Opportunity, Brookings Institute, October 22, 2014.

"Lives on the Boundary: Education and Inequality" Truthdig, November 18, 2014.

"Career and Technical Education: The Community College Connection" On Campus, December, 2014.

"School Reform Fails the Test" The American Scholar, Winter, 2015.

"A Conversation with Mike Rose on Writing" Parts I & II, Kenyon Review online, November 2 & 9, 2015.

"Vocational Education and the New World of Work" The Hedgehog Review, Spring, 2016.

Commentary and Opinion Pieces

"Forever Young: The New Teaching Career" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, September 9, 2013.

"What Does 'Quality Teacher' Mean Anyway?" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, September 12, 2013.

"Being Careful about Character" Phi Delta Kappan, October, 2013.

"Why Educating The Educators Is Complex" 
The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, December 5, 2013.

"What's Right--and Very Wrong--with the Teacher Education Debate" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, December 16, 2013.

"Is Teacher Education a Disaster?" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, January 13, 2014.

"The Misguided Effort to Teach 'Character'" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, February 6, 2014. 

Response to Suzanne Berger, "How Finance Gutted Manufacturing" Boston Review, March-April, 2014. 

"Reframing Career and Technical Education" Education Week, May 7, 2014.

"The Talkin' New Economy Blues: How Mainstream Discourse on the New Economy Diminishes Workers" Work in Progress: The Blog of the American Sociological Association's Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section, May 12, 2014.

"The Stories Numbers Can't Tell" 
The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 16, 2014. 

"The Broken Higher Ed Compact" Boston Review, June 2, 2014.

"Blue-Collar and Service Work Takes More Smarts Than You May ThinkThe Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, June 9, 2014.

"School 'Reform' Adds to Inequality" Democratic Left, Summer, 2014.

"Dreaming of Meaningful Work" The Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2014.

"Seeing the Invisible Poor" The Hedgehog Review, Fall, 2014.

"Smart" The Hedgehog Review, Fall, 2014.

"Why Teaching Kids to Have 'Grit' Isn't Always a Good Thing" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, May 14, 2015.

"In Writing about School in America, I Learned about America Itself" The Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, August 8, 2015.

"Scrutinize Everything" The American Scholar online, June 13, 2016.

"Essay on Challenges Facing the Guided-Pathways Model for Restructuring Two-Year Colleges" Inside Higher Ed, June 23, 2016. 

"Who Is Smarter than Whom" Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2016.

Going Back to School: An Interview with Mike Rose” Journal of Developmental Education (Winter, 2017).

"What Vocational Education Students Need Today — but Aren’t Likely to Get Under TrumpThe Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post​, April 1, 2017.

"Why Trump Alarms So Many EducatorsThe Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post​, May 25, 2017.

"A Powerfully Humane Element of TeachingThe Answer Sheet, in The Washington Post, August 6, 2018.

The Good News: Social-Emotional Learning Is Hot. The Bad News: Some of It Is Giving Cognition a Bad Name” The Washington Post (February 18, 2019).

‘As Society Goes, School Goes:’ New Report Details Toll on Schools in President Trump’s America” The Washington Post (April 4th, 2019).

Who Should be Writing About Education and Isn’t?” The Washington Post (September 3, 2019). 

Radio and Television Appearances

"On Being" (formerly "Speaking of Faith") American Public Media: "The Meaning of Intelligence," January 7 2010. Rebroadcast, August 26 2010 and August 30 2012. Remixed and aired as "The Intelligence in All Kinds of Work, and the Human Core of All Education That Matters." September 7, 2015. Listen here

"Humankind" Sirius XM satellite radio on The Good Classroom, March 27 2010. Listen here

"Value of College Extends Beyond Paycheck" National Public Radio Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, June 11 2011. Listen here.

"Midday with Dan Rodricks" WYPR on Back to School, January 7 2013. Listen here.

"The Roundtable" WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Back to School, January 10 2013. Listen here.

"Political Perspectives" KBOO on Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us, February 12, 2014. Listen here.

"The Morning Show with Greg Berg" WGTD on Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us, March 5, 2014.  Listen here.

"Think" KERA, March 25 2014. Listen here.

"The Morning Show with Greg Berg" WGTD on The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, June 25, 2014.  Listen here.

"Political Perspectives" KBOO on "Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker," July 2, 2014. Listen here.

"It's the Economy" KGNU on The Mind at Work, August 21, 2014. Listen here.

"The Kathleen Dunn Show" Wisconsin Public Radio, August 28, 2014. Listen here.

"The Roundtable" WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Back to School, September 9, 2015.  Listen here.


National Writing Project, "Mike Rose Finds Hope and Possibility in Public Education," July 14 2009. Listen here

National Writing Project, "Back to School: A Conversation with Mike Rose," December 13 2012. Listen here.

No Wrong Answers, "Extra Credit: Vocational Education In The Trump Era," June 1, 2017. Listen here.

Have You Heard, "#36 The Skills Trap," February 13, 2018. Listen here.

Pedagogue, "Episode 1: Mike Rose," May 10, 2019. Listen here

Guest Blogs

Blog Talk Radio, A discussion of Why School? on the National Writing Project Book Group Network. Listen here.

"My View: Should Everyone Go to College?" Schools of Thought, CNN blog, October 9 2012.

"Why Do We Educate Our Children?" LeadScape, Repeated November 5 2012. 

"Giving Second Chances at Community Colleges" The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 5 2013.