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Death at an Early Age by Jonathan Kozol
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Mar 18, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: education

This is an unimaginably bleak depiction of inner city public schools in Boston in the mid 60's. The most frightening thing to me is the way his depictions of his colleague's superficially progressive, open-minded self-presentations mask overt but un-accknowledged bigotry feels really familiar living in Boston today.
His 1985 post-script reveals a still bleak portrait of Boston public schools. In the 60's, schools were de facto segregated by income; if you lived in a poor black neighborhood, you were stuck in an unbelievably gruesome school. In the 80's, poor blacks, Hispanics and whites became illiterate together, in Kozol's words.

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