How was your day at school today?” This is a question that many of us ask our children each day. Jonathan. Kozol author of The Shame of The Nation main-. Jonathan Kozol’s The Shame of the Nation takes the reader on a tour through schools largely in the New York and Boston areas ravaged by the effects of. In their place, Kozol offers a humane, dramatic challenge to our nation to fulfill of the most revered leaders in the black community, The Shame of the Nation pays \Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Death at an.

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As a student who used to and sometimes still dislikes tests, I understood the stress and pressure of taking them and staying up late some nights hoping for that good grade. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t learn anything here. The stories of students who make it out, the stories of teachers who, despite the challenges, find a way to teach well in urban districts. It was an odd natikn, I thought.

Jonathan Kozol

Children of low income neighborhoods are receiving poor educations in which are now where near the quality to those of richer neighborhoods just a few miles away. Jonathan Kozol takes a strong stand on the corrupt school system of modern times. He has dedicated his life to bettering the public education in the United States. He became a 4th grade teacher based in a black impoverished neighborhood of Boston in After doing a quick poll, Yhe came to realize that the majority of the kids has never even been informed of such a thing as “college”.

It is inspiring that afer all these decades, Kozol is still angry about these inequalities, and eloquently so. Board of Education to bring to light the injustice served to countless school aged children, Mr.

Airlessness was stifling in many rooms; and recess was impossible because there was no outdoor playground and no indoor gym, so the children had no place to play. In total, Kozol visited 60 schools in 30 districts scattered throughout 11 jonathn states before writing this book, often immersing himself in the school jknathan to experience first hand what being a student at one of kool schools is like.


Those who search jonsthan signs of optimism often make the point that there are children who do not allow themselves to be demoralized by the conditions we have seen but do their work and keep their spirits high and often get good grades and seem, at least, to have a better chance than many of their peers to graduate from high school and go on to college—and, in any case, whether they do or not, refuse to let themselves be broken or embittered by the circumstances they may face.

Published August 1st by Broadway Books first published September LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. These were not years of economic crisis in New York. As the program began to work, money was reduced, and this quick reduction resulted in the abandonment of Higher Horizons after 7 years.

John Hope Franklin, James B. If you are going to choose just one of his books, I would suggest this one his most recent indictment of racism and classism in our public schools or Savage Inequalities a scathing report on public school systems across the country which, though written in the s, is sadly not too far off from the situation now.

There were also points jonathhan his broader statements didn’t feel as applicable as I would have liked because they joanthan supported mostly by a few specific examples — I didn’t get much of jonatham sense for what this problem looks like in, say, the Midwest, or in Oregon, or in Maine.

Even the appearance of the schools are poor, whether the textbooks are outdated or the school itself is falling apart. First, it tends to obviate almost all recognition of the consequences of the previous decades of low funding in these districts: Jonathwn with higher placement receive more funding. Bedrock an elementary teacher in one of New York’s most segregated schools and Miss Rosa the principal of the same school, PS.


But money alone is surely not the sole response.

The Shame of the Nation | Jonathan Kozol

It’s making a difference. Few of the students in these schools know white children any longer. Kozol showed how the school children wanted to learn and wanted to be successful, but the only way that was possible was if they got the funding to provide these kids with classrooms, textbooks, and qualified teachers. Kozol is a native of Boston, MA and is coming on 83 years of age.

It makes me want to see change for these children. Author Jonathan Kozol has spent a majority of his life in the education system. Sep 04, Felicia F rated it really liked it.

Kozol created a very informative book. I also developed my own thoughts and opinions on the matter.

Next, Kozol reports on the efforts of teachers and principals to resist the strengthening of segregation in public schools. Sep 13, Pages. No trivia or quizzes yet. Kozol has written numerous books that detail his experiences as a teacher as well as describe the conditions of underfunded schools in America. Students in higher class education have self funding for parents which boost their quality of education further compared to the lower class where such funding is not possible.

There were points where I couldn’t put it down. Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education has been increasingly replaced by culturally barren and robotic methods of instruction that would be rejected out of hand by schools that serve the mainstream of society.