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As a college professor (and a graduate of the PhD school in which Dr. Rose teaches), I think Mike Rose has missed one important point: there is a calculated effort, esp. in the US, to minimize/denigrate work, esp. any work that makes us THINK. Teachers, professors, artists, social scientists, scientists, etc are all under political fire because work is too suspiciously aligned to civic engagement, something we're being increasingly directed AWAY from doing . I wish Dr. Rose had spoken to this issue.