Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America's Educationally Underprepared

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Remedial, illiterate, intellectually deficient?these are the stigmas that define America?s educationally underprepared. Having grown up poor and been labeled this way, nationally acclaimed educator and author Mike Rose takes us into classrooms and communities to reveal what really lies behind the labels and test scores. With rich detail, Rose demonstrates innovative methods to initiate ?problem? students into the world of language, literature, and written expression. This book challenges educators, policymakers, ...

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Overview

Remedial, illiterate, intellectually deficient—these are the stigmas that define America’s educationally underprepared. Having grown up poor and been labeled this way, nationally acclaimed educator and author Mike Rose takes us into classrooms and communities to reveal what really lies behind the labels and test scores. With rich detail, Rose demonstrates innovative methods to initiate “problem” students into the world of language, literature, and written expression. This book challenges educators, policymakers, and parents to re-examine their assumptions about the capacities of a wide range of students.

Already a classic, Lives on the Boundary offers a truly democratic vision, one that should be heeded by anyone concerned with America’s future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143035466
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 158,055
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Rose is a professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has taught in a wide range of educational settings, from elementary school to adult literacy and job training programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and awards from the Spencer Foundation, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association, and the American Educational Research Association. He also received the Commonwealth Club of California’s Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction. His books include Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Underprepared, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America, The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us, and Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Our Schools and Our Children
2. "I Just Wanna Be Average"
3. Entering the Conversation
4. The Poem Is a Substitute for Love
5. Literate Stirrings
6. Reclaiming the Classroom
7. The Politics of Remediation
8. Crossing Boundaries

Epilogue: Lilia

Afterword
Notes
Bibliography

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    A Masterpiece

    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.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Lives on the Boundary by Mike Rose

    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.

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