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The mind at work : valuing the intelligence of the American worker

Author: Mike Rose
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2004.
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"The Mind at Work is an reassessment of American labor. Testimonials to physical work have always celebrated the dignity, economic and moral value, even nobility of blue-collar labor, but rarely the thought required to get the job done right. The lightning-fast calculations of the waitress, the complex spatial mathematics of the carpenter, the aesthetic and diagnostic acumen of the hairstylist - our failure to  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rose, Mike (Michael Anthony).
Mind at work.
New York : Viking, 2004
(OCoLC)655049425
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Rose
ISBN: 0670032824 9780670032822
OCLC Number: 53186643
Description: xxxiv, 249 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The working life of a waitress --
Styling hair --
The intelligence of plumbing --
A vocabulary of carpentry --
Reflective technique: electrical wiring and construction --
Two lives: a welder and a foreman --
Rethinking hand and brain --
Hand and brain in school: the paradox of vocational education.
Responsibility: Mike Rose.
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"The Mind at Work is an reassessment of American labor. Testimonials to physical work have always celebrated the dignity, economic and moral value, even nobility of blue-collar labor, but rarely the thought required to get the job done right. The lightning-fast calculations of the waitress, the complex spatial mathematics of the carpenter, the aesthetic and diagnostic acumen of the hairstylist - our failure to acknowledge or respect these qualities has long undermined a large portion of America's working population. Mike Rose sets the record straight by taking a long, hard look at the intellectual demands of everyday work." "The Mind at Work raises basic questions about the way we define intelligence, determine what counts as valid knowledge, and classify each other by the work we do - all of which have important implications for economic and educational policy and for the kind of society we create for ourselves."--Jacket.

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