Lives on the boundary: a moving account of the struggles and achievements of America's educationally underprepared

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Penguin Books, 1989 - Education - 255 pages
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Remedial, illiterate, intellectually deficient-these are the stigmas that define America's educational underclass. As a child in a Los Angeles ghetto, Mike Rose shared these labels; today he works with educationally underprepared children and adults in order to give them a fair chance at learning. In Lives on the Boundary, Rose describes his innovative methods of awakening untapped potential and initiating "problem" students into the world of language, literature, and expression. Challenging educators, policymakers, and parents to re-examine their assumptions about the capacities of students, Rose offers a truly democratic vision, one that should be heeded by anyone concerned with America's future. "A mirror to the many lacking perfect grammar and spelling who may see their dreams translated into reality after all" Book jacket.

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Because a teacher believed in him, Rose (writing program, UCLA) was able to escape from poverty and go to college. There he floundered, unfamiliar with the conventions and demands of academic ... Read full review

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Our Schools and Our Children
I Just Wanna Be Average
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About the author (1989)

Michael D. Rose spent four years as a retail stockbroker in Toledo, OH, where he became interested in retirement plans and personal retirement planning. One year after joining Benetech, Inc., a national actuarial and 401(k) plan administration firm, in 1989, Mike was promoted to Regional Vice President and moved to Chicago, where he developed the firm's Midwest territory. He then joined Lord Abbett & Co. in 1995, where he was named Director of Retirement Planning, and promoted to executive partnership in 2002. From 1995 until his retirement in 2004, Mike built Abbett's 401(k) business from 12 plans to over 10,000.