"If you want to think about writing, teaching, research methods, social justice, and the purposes of education within a democracy, take Rose's book, put up your feet, and settle down for a good read. The concern that Rose returns to again and again, the concern that both underlies his research and infuses his writing, is the power of democracy: what it means to provide access and opportunity to those who have been denied it, what it would look like in practice to affirm the learning potential of all human beings, how educators can open universes rather than close down worlds." — Sondra Perl, Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"We see unfold in this volume Mike Rose's career as the best kind of public intellectual, an academic who melds thoughtful, rigorous research, an untouchable gift for writing, a bedrock belief in human potential, and a deep desire to make a difference in the world through accessible words and potent action. Make a difference he has, standing head and shoulders above as one of the most respected and beloved of educational researchers. This book is a must-read for new and established scholars alike, illustrating beautifully, frankly, insightfully the composing of a meaningful career as teacher, researcher, poet, editor, writer, friend." —Glynda Hull, University of California, Berkeley "At a time when research is becoming more and more predictable, and when it is addressed to increasingly specialized audiences, Mike Rose provides the striking example of a scholar who can think beyond the expected and who has the ambition to write for the nation. He does it with great integrity and great success. It is quite a story." — David Bartholomae, University of Pittsburgh
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