MIKE ROSE is a professor of education and information studies at UCLA. His work has focused on teaching methods, on understanding people’s engagement with the written word, and on bridging gaps between the academic and nonacademic worlds. Rose has published ten books, including the semiautobiographical Lives on the Boundary (1989) and Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us (2009). He blogs at mikerosebooks.com. This article was originally published in 2009 in the American Scholar, a magazine sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society.