Jonathan Kozol





Jonathan Kozol

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in Boston, MA, The United States
September 05, 1936

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Jonathan Kozol is a non-fiction writer, educator, and activist best known for his work towards reforming American public schools. Upon graduating from Harvard, he received a Rhodes scholarship. After returning to the United States, Kozol became a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, until he was fired for teaching a Langston Hughes poem. Kozol has held two Guggenheim Fellowships, has twice been a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has also received fellowships from the Field and Ford Foundations. Most recently, Kozol has founded and is running a non-profit called Education Action. The group is dedicated to grassroots organizing of teachers across the country who wish to push back against NCLB and the most recent Supreme Court decisi ...more


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“A dream does not die on its own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives...”
Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

“I have been criticized throughout the course of my career for placing too much faith in the reliability of children's narratives; but I have almost always found that children are a great deal more reliable in telling us what actually goes on in public school than many of the adult experts who develop policies that shape their destinies.”
Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

“There is something deeply hypocritical in a society that holds an inner-city child only eight years old "accountable" for her performance on a high-stakes standardized exam but does not hold the high officials of our government accountable for robbing her of what they gave their own kids six or seven years before.”
Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

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