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Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America Paperback – September 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0140236170 ISBN-10: 0140236171 Edition: 0544-

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 0544- edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140236171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140236170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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About 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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Mike Rose is a Research Professor in the Social Research Methodology Division of 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 has written over 75 opinion pieces and commentaries and appeared on approximately 200 national and regional radio and television shows including Fresh Air, Diane Rehm, Bill Moyers' World of Ideas, Studs Terkel, NPR Weekend Edition, Speaking of Faith, and Tavis Smiley.

His books include Lives on the Boundary: The Struggles and Achievements of America's 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Vande Brake on February 25, 2001
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I read this book as an assignment for a pedagogy class at the graduate level. It was one of those that will probably not stay in my library for very long because I can think of more than 10 teacher friends I want to share it with immediately. In fact, tomorrow morning I will copy particular chapters and mail them. I commend Rose for his attention to detail, his articulate prose, and the hope that he communicates to teachers about kids, school, and learning. I am energized by his enthusiasm for teaching and for his faith in the institution of public education in America.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on June 21, 2001
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Mike Rose travels across the US to many cities and rural areas to find classrooms that are working. He describes teachers who are effective and duly inspiring. Rose is an effective writer since he describes classroom scenes in terrific detail. This is a must read for future educators, current educators, and everyone concerned with what's happening in American education. It is uplifting and truly inspiring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nanine R. Iengo-blomstrom on December 9, 2003
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Everyone from policymakers to parents should read this book, especially if they have anything to do with the educational systems in this country! In response to the negative press public education has gotten over the years (Why Johnny Can't Read, etc) Mike Rose presents some of the inspiring and effective education happening in public schools all over our nation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Kay on August 7, 2006
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Mike Rose has a gift for observation. He makes you feel that you are sitting in the classroom with the students and the teacher and are a fly on the wall to amazing classroom connections with students. Excellent reading. This is a great book for teachers or students who are in the process of becoming teachers.
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