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|1||Our schools and our children||1|
|2||"I just wanna be average"||11|
|3||Entering the conversation||39|
|4||The poem is a substitute for love||67|
|6||Reclaiming the classroom||133|
|7||The politics of remediation||167|
|Epilogue : Lilia||239|
Mike Rose's "Lives on the Boundary" recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and I anticipate it will continue to resonate with all who care about education in American for years to come.
Rose is a scholar with unique perspective, and as a result this is a unique piece of work. Rose has walked the walk. He too has suffered from lackluster education in Los Angeles and takes us through his progression from unengaged, mediocre student to UCLA graduate student and teacher. As he does this, and especially when he writes on his teaching experiences, he takes us in close to the classroom in a way few others in educational research do. Rose's English background comes through in this text as he creates a real narrative filled with real people. His passion for the power of education is evident in these vignettes.
In refusing to bog his book down with statistics and instead taking us through these "Lives on the Boundary", Rose, most importantly of all gives us a hopeful message and perspective on education that is often missing from the largely negative discourse on education that plagues the media today. Rose shows us that everyone from a Vietnam Veteran to an elementary school student struggling with writing, to a shell-shocked college freshman can accomplish and succeed - though we often write them off before they ever have a chance.
Anyone concerned with the state of education in this country will be re-inspired upon reading this wonderful book. Now more than ever, we need Rose's language of hope.
Posted April 1, 2009
This book was a long dry book. I had a hard time keeping focused on this book. It was a slow read. This book is an autobiography of Mike Rose and his move up the academic ladder. It talked about his work with others that had a hard time in school and college. It also talked about poverty and cultural differences.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.