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The Night is Dark and I Am Far from Home
An early version of the manuscript was published in a limited edition as a CIDOC CUARDENO #88, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 1974. Kozol, author of Rachel & Her Children: Homeless Families in America, offers an absorbing analysis of the ethical crisis confronting our culture. Kozol writes that school is a consumer fraud: it advertises education but offers indoctrination. Its fun ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1980 by Continuum
(first published 1975)
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I thought this was seemed to be a great call to arms when I first read it for Buzz Alexander's Prison and Literature class. Now it seems like standard leftist rage, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Boy, he is radical. He says revolt even if you don't have a better solution. He cuts you no slack if you want to work with the oppressed, and then go home and drink your brandy and smoke your cigars. He will not let you say - "I like his message but it is so thugish and he doesn't really tell me what to do just what NOT to do - he says that you can't sooth yourself into thinking that your life is separate from the underpaid, underserved, underclass. He is disturbing and wrong and right and his 1 ...more
I don't remember this book that well, but it was very influential in developing how I viewed the world and my place in it. On that merit, I'll give it four stars. Basically, it talks about the education of the priveleged and how priveleged children are socialized to rationalize and legitimize the role of exploiter they will soon inherit in society.
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 ...moreMore about Jonathan Kozol...