Published by Penguin Books
Remedial, illiterate, intellectually deficient – these are the stigmas that define America's educationally underprepared. Growing up poor, Mike Rose, nationally acclaimed educator and author, shared these labels. Now he 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 reexamine 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.
"The best book I have read on American education….Rose reports from the front lines in realistic, wise, authoritative terms."
The Boston Globe
"Vividly written…Tears apart all of society's prejudices about the academic abilities of the underprivileged."
The New York Times
"Critic's Choice. Unlike those who rebuke without offering solutions, Mike Rose produces a statement of hope. Lives on the Boundary is a mirror to the many who may see their dreams translated into reality after all."
Los Angeles Times
"A marvelous book…Rose has written a hymnal for (his students') voices. It's a good read, a thoughtful book. Some of it will make you cry."
San Antonio Light
"Outstanding quality…An admirable, life-affirming book."
"A wonderful story…(and) a moral adventure…(The ending) stands alongside the classics of progressive education as a reminder of what we might become as a nation."
Herbert Kohl, in The Nation