At first, when I received the following tribute, I thought I shouldn’t post it because I’ve already shared it Memories of Rebecca Weaver Mike Ross, but then I realized it was stupid. Why can’t there be more than one? This is not to say that the loss will be dealt with in one day, and we will all move on.As influential as Rose’s work, it has not yet been influential enough Bring his views on education, value the complexity of humans and take root widely in learning, so maybe I should turn this whole thing into a Mike Rose tribute blog. In the past few days, I spent some time thinking about his influence on my own thinking. This may already be the case. -John Warner
Guest Post: Honoring Mike Rose in person and in print
Harvey J. Graff
I was shocked by the news of Mike Rose’s death. Mike is a friend and colleague of mine for three years, and a scholar I have studied for many years.My mentor and friend Michael B. Katz and Mike are close friends, writing partners, and co-editors of Milestone Public education under siege (2013). My relationship with Mike started independently, because we jointly focus on, research and write about literacy, education, and young people in the past and present.
Although I know Mike’s writing very well, admire him, teach his work, and praise my literacy history books for what he wrote and talked about, it was not until the first time I attended the CCCC (conference) that we met in person or started our work. Communication and Friendship College Composition and Communications) appeared in Minneapolis in 2000. Our mutual friend and colleague Deborah Brandt (Deborah Brandt) invited me to talk to her in the plenary meeting. Mike introduced himself in the audience. I remember a brief but intense mutual appreciation exchange in front of the hotel.
Since then, we have maintained close contact. Mike is one of the scholars and people who have supported me most in my 50 years of college and 72 years of life. I wrote it without hesitation. He did this personally and through quick response letters and emails. We communicate regularly, share our work when relevant, shamelessly promote each other’s books, and host or co-host each other’s visiting lectures at UCLA and Ohio State University respectively. We are proud of each other’s achievements.I remember walking around on the campus of Ohio State University, showing my copy to colleagues and the president of the university Why is it a school? (2009) especially Back to school: why everyone should get a second education opportunity (2012).I am honored to contribute to his co-editor Literacy: an important information manual (2001).
Over the years, Mike has written many recommendation letters and nomination letters for me. He never hesitated or complained about his time. He readily offered to read the draft of the application and proposal, and responded to his suggestions for improvement in a timely manner. He spared no effort to put forward constructive criticism and suggestions. I am not the only colleague he does.
Of course, he is a writer’s writer.his Possible life: the promise of public education (1995), Ideas at Work: Assessing the Wisdom of American Workers (2004) and Back to school: why everyone should have a second chance They are all classics. People who are familiar with Mike only through his published works will not appreciate his many collaborative projects with Los Angeles Community College and the remedial plans that try to put his research into practice. He touched on these agreements.
The last time we (I don’t want to write “final”) worked closely together during the writing, publisher review, and publication of my book Undisciplined Knowledge: Interdisciplinary in the Twentieth Century (2016). Mike wrote suggestions for maintaining scholarships for research and writing, read some drafts, reviewed the manuscript for Johns Hopkins University Press, and then promoted it to his circle. He shared the joy of accomplishment with me.
Last but not least, Mike and other colleagues honored my contribution to literacy research at a special meeting of CCCC in 2017. Unfortunately, none of us can participate. Mike’s lovely written tribute constitutes an eternal memory. I miss him professionally and personally.
Harvey J. Graff is Professor Emeritus of English and History at Ohio State University. He is an outstanding scholar in the field of literacy studies in Ohio and the founding director of the university. [email protected] He is the author of a series of seminal works on the history of literacy.