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The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol
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“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
“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
“Shorn of unattractive language about "robots" who will be producing taxes and not burglarizing homes, the general idea that schools in ghettoized communities must settle for a different set of goals than schools that serve the children of the middle class and upper middle class has been accepted widely. And much of the rhetoric of "rigor" and "high standards" that we hear so frequently, no matter how egalitarian in spirit it may sound to some, is fatally belied by practices that vulgarize the intellects of children and take from their education far too many of the opportunities for cultural and critical reflectiveness without which citizens become receptacles for other people's ideologies and ways of looking at the world but lack the independent spirits to create their own.”
Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

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