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36 Children by Herbert R. Kohl
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Nov 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction

This is two years in the teaching life of a young impressionable Jewish kid from the Bronx teaching sixth grade in Harlem. He leaves after two years, not because he’s not making a difference, but because one year isn’t enough to help these children. And he taught them in 1963-65. The book came out in ’67. [I thought he got fired for teaching Langston Hughes, that was Kozol, but the truth is no one *cared* what he did or didn’t do with his students.:] ”…Now I am convinced that that system, which masquerades as educational but in Harlem produces no education except in bitterness, rejection, and failure, can only be changed from without.”

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