Mike Rose

American educator and author. Born to Italian immigrant parents in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Rose grew up in Los Angeles. Because of an administrative error at his high school, he was placed in the "vocational track" for academic underachievers; a teacher discovered the error, and Rose went on to excel as a student, earning his B.A. from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in education from UCLA. Rose has made a career of championing the academic potential of the poor and underprivileged. A teacher for forty years, he is presently a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. His many books include Lives on the Boundary (1989), which argues that poor preparation, not lack of intelligence, hampers most underachieving students; The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker (2004); Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education (2012); and Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us (2014). See also mikerosebooks.com.