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A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers: Invitation to Education with Mike Rose.

PBS, 1989. 30 min., color. Purchase $39.95 (VHS). In another thought-provoking video in the Bill Moyers series, Mike Rose encourages teachers to invite all of their students to learn and engage in the world of ideas. Rose, an educator and author of Lives on the Boundary, describes his journey toward becoming Director of Writing Programs at UCLA and advocate for the poor and disenfranchised who have been "written off" educationally.

Rose himself experienced the arbitrariness of tracking and low expectations when his high school test scores were confused with those of another student and he was assigned to the vocational education track. He remained there until a perceptive biology teacher who recognized his talents checked Rose's file and discovered the mistake. Moved into the college preparatory track, Rose encountered a teacher in his senior year who was the "first person I saw who captured people through language--in contrast to the power I had known which was through brawn."

A teacher of the inner city poor for over 20 years, Rose observes that "virtually any kid who has been written off has the ability and potential that we simply don't see." He suggests ways to tap that potential and graciously, but firmly, urges America to avert troubled times by finding relevant and effective ways to bring the poor into the education system and, ultimately, a more productive life.
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Author:Stanford, Beverly Hardcastle
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Audiovisual Review
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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