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Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America 544th ed. Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 544th ed. edition (November 23, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140236171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140236170
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is a great book. Given the negative attacks regularly heard about the American education system, this book is a reminder that there are a lot of teachers who are working tirelessly and taking innovative steps in hope of doing more for their students. The author does a very good job of making the reader feel like they're actually in the classroom and along for the ride during the study. Moreover, the author expertly mixes urban, suburban, and rural settings throughout the book. While the book may come off a bit too rosey in parts, it's probably exactly what's needed given the cloud created, in large part, over the last 8 years.
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Mike Rose takes you to classrooms across the country and introduces you to teachers who manage to do amazing things under difficult conditions. I found myself wishing I could go back to school again and be a student or teacher in one of those classes. I kept reading aloud passages to my husband--what I was reading was so exciting, I wanted to share it. If new (or weary experienced) teachers want to read something to rev them up, this is the book to read.
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