Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol – Instead of seeing these children…


“Instead of seeing these children for the blessings that they are, we are measuring them only by the standard of whether they will be future deficits or assets for our nation’s competitive needs.”
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Jonathan Kozol – When I was teaching in…


“When I was teaching in the 1960s in Boston, there was a great deal of hope in the air. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, Malcolm X was alive great, great leaders were emerging from the southern freedom movement.”
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Jonathan Kozol – No Child Left Behind’s fourth…


“No Child Left Behind’s fourth-grade gains aren’t learning gains, they’re testing gains. That’s why they don’t last. The law is a distraction from things that really count.”
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Jonathan Kozol – At that time, I had…


“At that time, I had recently finished a book called Amazing Grace, which many people tell me is a very painful book to read. Well, if it was painful to read, it was also painful to write. I had pains in my chest for two years while I was writing that book.”
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Jonathan Kozol – Apartheid education, rarely mentioned in…


“Apartheid education, rarely mentioned in the press or openly confronted even among once-progressive educators, is alive and well and rapidly increasing now in the United States.”
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Jonathan Kozol – The inequalities are greater now…


“The inequalities are greater now than in ’92. Some states have equalized per-pupil spending but they set the ‘equal level’ very low, so that wealthy districts simply raise extra money privately.”
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Jonathan Kozol – If you grow up in…


“If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there’s no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.”
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Jonathan Kozol – The contrasts between what is…


“The contrasts between what is spent today to educate a child in the poorest New York City neighborhoods, where teacher salaries are often even lower than the city averages, and spending levels in the wealthiest suburban areas are daunting challenges to any hope New Yorkers might retain that even semblances of fairness still prevail.”
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Jonathan Kozol – I feel, in the end…


“I feel, in the end, as if everything I’ve done has been a failure.”
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Jonathan Kozol – During the decades after Brown…


“During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed.”
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