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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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 would begin his five year project of The Shame of a Nation.

I do recommend this book as a powerful glimpse into the side of American society our politicians are often so eager to sweep under the rug entirely, or adress only briefly, and as a learning experience by which one may come to understand the situation of their fellow American, and more importantly, their fellow man.

My question for him is, how?

Programs were available for those who could afford to pay children education. I want some research that proves that integration works academically, socially and emotionally. In terms of the quality of the read itself it was very stale.

I found myself reading jonaghan pages aloud to anyone I could. Kozol, skillfully contrasts these shameful conditions with those enjoyed by wealthier, usually white, children. Most, if not all, had no idea what it was like to expect to graduate, nonetheless have a teacher actually qualified to do their job. Kozol created a very informative book. John Hope Franklin, James B.

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These are some of Kozol’s main points throughout the book and I really enjoyed how he backed up his claims with statistics and evidence. See all books by Jonathan Kozol. When tests are being given at a young age, an excessive amount of pressure can be put on students. Schools are just as much or maybe even more segregated than they were before the Supreme Court ruled schools to have no segregation.

Account Options Sign in. In my opinion, I found The Shame of the Nation to be both informative and thought provoking. He believes that America only deals with black issues if someone causes enough stink about it otherwise the federal government will not focus on these issues voluntarily. 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.


This is a book about betrayal of the young, who have no power to defend themselves. A narrowing of civic virtue to the borders of distinct and self-contained communities is now evolving in these hybrid institutions which are public schools in that they benefit from the receipt of public funds but private in the many supplementary programs that are purchased independently.

In this chapter, Kozol reveals the poor conditions and state of disrepair many of the segregated schools are now in. It’s making a difference.

Children in America’s Schools -This underfunding leads to a poor quality materials, decaying buildings, lack of cafeteria food or desks, etc. Kozol argues that pre-school education is crucial for children in order to develop at a normal rate, teachers curriculum is so based on standardized testing that they are not allowed to be creative and explore different ideas when lesson planning, test scores do not define someones worth or value, funding is very hard for most school districts especially those in lower income neighborhoodsand that integration helps The Shame Of The Nation by Jonathan Kozol is both informative and engaging.

Kozol also calls attention to the negative physiological effects these tests have on the children who take them. The schools today still face segregation as well as many other issues.

Sep 13, Pages Buy. His experience and time spent in classrooms across the nation in big boroughs and cities alike makes Kozol an excellent xhame for the job. There are obviously other forces that affect the early school performance of low-income children: How do you convince the nation that the way our country organizes its educational system is inherently racist and actively serves tthe promise racial segregation, when we can’t get people to admit that white privilege is a thing.

Tue is still real, and it is alive and well, despite what we choose to call it. This makes me appreciate Kozol much more as he took the time to visit each school and try to make change for these unfairly disadvantaged students. To elaborate on this issue of inadequate conditions, Kozol talks about certain cases where some of his students that he had taught before would write to him and describe how bad it was sometimes.


Although I enjoyed the book, the negative part that stands out is the aging of the book. He didn’t just nwtion out problems; he explored the Why, exposing the underlying systemic deficiencies that perpetuate and exacerbate the problems.

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.

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol

Although Kozol’s grammar and writing style frustrates me at times, these are ultimately mere quibbles with his books; the importance of his content, his attention to detail and statistics, his talent for exposing gripping personal stories within the larger context, his passion for his topics, and his compassion for his subjects overshadows any technical flaws. Teachers in urban school are strongly encouraged to follow these scripted lessons to bring formality and structure to the learning environment.

We know that more funding and more integration would help poor African-American children, and we are not doing anything about it.

Kozol also in the book cites and quotes students and information he finds in the schools making him extremely credible and trustworthy. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Chapter 9 begins offering ghe answers to that question.

This makes me feel guilty because the way the system is set or is obviously racist and incredibly unfair, but I cannot do anything about it accept for raise awareness and hope it is effective. After Kozol had these experiences, he spoke through a personal viewpoint in his book. Learning itself, is further taught as a ‘possession’ and not something one ‘engages’ with. I think it is not fair.

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The letter itself soon found a resting place up on the wall above my desk. Jonathan Kozol has spent virtually his entire adult life serving as an advocate for equal educational opportunities for all. Books by Jonathan Kozol.