Possible Lives by Mike Rose
The Promise of Public Education in America

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We are told daily, it seems, that our students don't measure up, either to their predecessors in the United States or their peers in other countries. But over the past four years, Mike Rose has been visiting classrooms across the country - from blue-collar Los Angeles to Mexican-American border towns; from the south side of Chicago to rural Montana; from Mississippi and Kentucky to Baltimore and New York City - and has been struck again and again by their intellectual and social richness and by what they suggest about the current state of education. Rose's previous book, Lives on the Boundary, was an award-winning investigation of the way America views its large numbers of adults and children who have been labeled remedial, underprepared, or illiterate. In Possible Lives Rose provides a provocative opportunity to revitalize our hopes for public education by taking us into classrooms. He watches teachers work and listens as students reason through problems. With compassion, insight, and

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Mike Rose, a member of the faculty of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has written a number of books and articles on language and literacy, including Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America's Underprepared. In 1997 his book Possible Lives won the prestigious Gawemeyer Award in Education and the Common-wealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction.
Published July 29, 1995 by Viking/Allen Lane. 416 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Whether on Chicago's South Side or in Kentucky's coal country, those teachers who are in the forefront of meaningful eduction share a deep respect for their students (both as individuals and as members of distinct communities and cultures) and a determination not to be bound by the bureaucracy of...

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After spending four years visiting public schools throughout the U.S., Rose presents stories of the dedicated teachers and inspired classrooms he encountered.

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Rose (Lives on the Boundary) spent four years crisscrossing the U.S. to sit in on public school classrooms in New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles, from the Mississippi Delta to Kentucky's coal district to the bicultural California city of Calexico on the Mexican border.

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Mike Rose, who teaches education and writing at UCLA, believes that democracy and the public school in America are inseparable.

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he goes on: No man on earth who conscientiously opposes either you, ( speaking to a jury ), The [ Apology ], or any other organ was in republican hands ), from taking place in the state to which he belongs, can possibly escape with his life.

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