How was your day at school today?” This is a question that many of us ask our children each day. Jonathan. Kozol author of The Shame of The Nation main-. Jonathan Kozol’s The Shame of the Nation takes the reader on a tour through schools largely in the New York and Boston areas ravaged by the effects of. In their place, Kozol offers a humane, dramatic challenge to our nation to fulfill of the most revered leaders in the black community, The Shame of the Nation pays \Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Death at an.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Shame of the Nation: Since the early s, when the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, segregation of black children has reverted to its highest level since In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students.
Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathol Since the early s, when the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Meanwhile, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education has been increasingly replaced by culturally barren and robotic methods of instruction that would be rejected out of hand by schools that serve the mainstream of society.
Filled with the passionate voices of children, principals, and teachers, and some of the most revered leaders in the black community, The Shame of the Nation pays tribute to those undefeated educators who persist against the odds, but directly challenges the chilling practices now being forced upon our urban systems.
In their place, Kozol offers a humane, dramatic challenge to our nation to fulfill at last the promise made some 50 years ago to all our youngest citizens.
Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Broadway Books first published September The Shame Of The Nation: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Shame of the Nationplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Shame of the Nation. Lists with This Book. Feb 28, Terry rated it it was amazing Shelves: There seems to be a tiny bit of backlash against Kozol swimming out there, including a really snotty article from someone I really admire usually Sandra Tsing Loh.
So I have to put my two cents in. I have seen with my own eyes the conditions he describes, so to anyone who “poo poohs” these deplorable physical conditions is living in lala land. Secondly, Tsing Loh actually disproves her own point.
It’s very nice that she has the tiiiiime, energy, education, internet connections, media connectio There seems to be a tiny bit of backlash against Kozol swimming out there, including a really snotty article from someone I really admire usually Sandra Tsing Loh. It’s very nice that she has the tiiiiime, energy, education, internet connections, media connections, and financial wherewithal to make her children’s elementary school “work”.
But most families don’t have a former NPR essayist and published author of some local and even national fame out there beating the bushes for them. Nov 28, Hadrian rated it it was amazing Shelves: Describes the process of de facto segregation in schooling, based on population, demographics, and funding.
This problem goes back decades, and is self-perpetuating, feeding into itself due to the effects of poverty and crime and prejudice and how they all feed into each other. How could all this happen, even after the de jure ban on segregation passed by Brown v. See also, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools -This underfunding leads to a poor quality materials, decaying buildings, lack of cafeteria food or desks, etc. This is also related to the problem of underfunding, as the ‘No Child Left Behind’ debacle left students with bad scores without funding.
Thus the problem is compounded and made worse. All of this leads to the segregation of schools by race and class, and a major cause of socioeconomic stratification in America.
In other words, apartheid – not directly by law, but indirectly. Would integration alone resolve this problem? There are so many compounding factors that relying upon only one method would be woefully inadequate. But attacking the funding deficit would be a start.
Or removing the over-regimented program of standardized testing. Not too long ago, I worked in my state senate, and talked to a Republican senator who was an advocate in doubling state funding for preschool programs.
He was almost alone in his party in advocating this program, and he’d had almost no success in pushing it through over the past six years – arguably due to a climate of ‘fiscal austerity’ and unsubtle racist code phrases against any educational reform.
When I asked him about why he pushed it and very few others did, he looked at me with natiom sigh of resignation and said “Preschoolers don’t have lobbyists. Jul 15, Crystal Belle rated it it was ok. Although Kozol makes a compelling argument about how segregated inner city schools are in this nation, he implies that integration will automatically make urban schools better.
My question for him is, how? Putting people of different backgrounds in one school does not guarantee that the school will automatically be better. Once again, whiteness is normalized, and I just cannot accept that. We already know schools are kozil I want some research that proves that integration works academically, socially and emotionally.
How will students learn to respect diversity apart shamf superficial “cultural days? View all joanthan comments. Sep 04, Allison K rated it it was amazing. Throughout The Shame of a Nation, author Jonathan Kozol describes his journey through 60 different inner-city school detailing the discrepancies between those and rural schools. Kozol sheds some light on apartheid schooling, where minorities specifically black and hispanic students make up virtually the entire student body.
Kozol details how the American education system is failing these students; particularly because these schools are underfunded, hire untrained teachers, and are overcrowded. Kozol often alludes to the Brown v. Kozol uses his experiences and statistics to explain how and why inner-city schools are being forced to fail their students. He sheds light on the fact that the government simply does not kozoo these schools with the tools necessary for a quality education.
As mentioned, inner-city schools, who are primarily filled with black and hispanic students, have unqualified teachers who are not properly trained feeding the brains of young students. Not only this, but there is an extreme difference in the amount of funding that inner-city schools receive in comparison to rural area schools.
This is on top of the fact that a majority of the students at these schools already live in poverty. One of the most heart-wrenching topics that Kozol recognizes is how people provide little hope to these urban students.
All of this helps Kozol to demonstrate how the decisions made in Brown v. Schools continue to be segregated and have large concentrations of certain races within them, and Kozol has made it undoubtedly clear that the educational facilities that are promised to children in order to help them grow into bright adolescents are far from equal. Jonathan Kozol has spent virtually his entire adult life serving as an advocate for equal educational opportunities for all. He became a 4th grade teacher based in a black impoverished neighborhood of Boston in Kozol has written numerous books that shams his experiences as a teacher as well as describe the conditions of underfunded schools in America.
It was his time spent as a 4th grade teacher where he encountered the same issues and conditions that he would witness over and over again when he jonathn begin his five year project of The Shame of a Nation.
Kozol himself has a highly recognizable name when it comes to activism regarding educational equality.
Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Shame of jonahhan Nation. It was a very insightful book that provided an in-depth look at the vast differences between rural and inner-city schools.
Kozol does an excellent job of engaging the reader and forces them to provoke emotion; primarily anger in my case. The Shame of a Nation was very informative, especially with the integration of the statistics that Kozol emphasized. However it was Kozol who informed me that countless American schools continue to practice segregation as well as helping me to understand just how dramatic the differences in treatment schools receive based on their location and who goes there.
Additionally, I thought that Kozol was successful in helping his readers understand that the promised right to a quality education is not in fact a guaranteed right, but merely a privilege that some receive based on their socio-economic background. Coming from a school that supplies well qualified teachers as well as the technology and materials necessary for me to succeed, makes it difficult for me to fully comprehend what it is like to go to school under any other circumstance.
His detailing of these inner-city schools helps to accentuate the education that many students take for granted. At my school for example, students are supplied with chromebooks, textbooks, workbooks, and other technologies that enable us to control our own education.
The Shame of the Nation | Jonathan Kozol
It is at these inner-city schools however where the educational path for students is already planned for them: Mar 25, Deborah rated it it was amazing. Given the amount of Kozol’s work that I have read, I’m going to just write 1 review for now. His works on poverty, homelessness, and adult illiteracy are also worth reading, but I am most impressed by his books on the absolutely atrocious state of American education.
If you are going to choose just one of his books, I would suggest this one his most recent indictment of racism and classism in our public schools or Savage Inequalities a scathing report on public school systems across the cou Given the amount of Kozol’s work that I have read, I’m going to just write 1 review for now.
If you are going to choose just one of his books, I would suggest this one his most recent indictment of racism and classism in our public schools or Savage Inequalities a scathing report on public school systems across the country which, though written in the s, is sadly not too far off from the situation now. Although Kozol’s grammar and writing style frustrates me at times, these are ultimately mere quibbles with his books; the importance shzme his content, his attention to detail and statistics, his talent for exposing gripping personal stories within shamr larger context, his passion for his topics, and his compassion for his subjects overshadows any technical flaws.
Sep 04, Davide R rated it really liked it. He makes frequent use of personal experiences and clever anecdotes in order to make his point that while Brown Vs.
Board of Education was a historic and remarkable trial, it did not have much of an impact on desegregating schools in particular. He uses statistics that show the eye-opening discrepancies in funding received by schools of lower socio-economic status vs those with wealthier parents and children backing them, and goes further to show how so very often these more poorly funded schools have primarily black and hispanic school children attending them.
It is at this point, where Kozol begins to truly identify the differences in educational standards and practices between schools of lower and higher socio-economic statuses that Kozol is, in my opinion, at his most successful. It is one thing to depersonalize an argument such as this, speaking only of differences in funding and demographics between schools, it is another entirely to shine the spotlight on the actual methods being employed. Particularly striking is the mention, very early on in the piece, of classes hushed to immediate silence by the stern gesture of a particular educator who, as Kozol described, seemed almost pleased with himself for being able to complete this task so effectively.
Kozol, skillfully contrasts these shameful conditions with those enjoyed by wealthier, usually white, children. Kozol himself, as mentioned, is an American writer that has devoted a great deal of his life to the educational system.