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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Although Kozol’s grammar and writing iozol 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 yhe stories within the larger context, his passion for his topics, and his compassion for his subjects overshadows any technical flaws. Over the last 15 years, the state of inner-city public schools has been in a steep and continuing decline.

Tens of thousands of black and Hispanic students were in schools like these, in which half the student body started classes very early in the morning and departed just before or after lunch, while the other half did not begin their schoolday until noon.

Account Options Sign in. Throughout the book Kozol has shown himself to be a strong advocate o In this book Jonathan Kozol shares an articulate story about the flawed education system that shamefully exists today.

We do not have that. He made it abundantly clear that delivering a quality education was not a top priority, but instead hitting a quota for state testing.

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

Lists with This Book. This, then, is the accusation that Alliyah and her classmates send our way: Kozol used specific examples from each school he went to to show what was happening to these kids.

Or removing the over-regimented program of standardized testing. 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.

But this is the issue with thieb schools, people do not realize how difficult it is to learn when the school is falling apart all around them.

Also impressive is the way Kozol weaves hope into his narrative. Kozol wrote, and showed how these school children were so racially isolated. 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. Other writers have portrayed such children elsewhere.


There is another way, however, to obtain a fairly vivid sense of what impoverished four-year-olds receive in segregated sections of our cities like the Bronx. Upon graduating from Harvard, he received a Rhodes scholarship. This lack of space and resources takes a toll on the variety and quality of courses that are offered. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Selected pages Title Page. The book was very credible as Kozol provided his own unaltered experience working within the public school system.

One student describes her desire to go to college and take AP classes, but without the teachers or space, she must instead take the courses already offered such as sewing and hair braiding.

He found that there are comparable disparities in other metropolitan areas, since most funding is locally based. Kozol created a very informative book.

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He wanted the educational system to realize what was going on and solve the “separa The Shame jonatahn The Nation was a very inspiring and emotional book. I want some research that proves that integration works academically, socially and emotionally. These were not years of economic crisis in New York. I found this book to be surprising and inspiring. Despite numerous attempt Within the pages of The Shame of the Nation by Johnathan Kozol, one will find a raw and exclusive look into the other side of the American education system so many are quick to put aside.

It is a devious appeasement of the heartache of the parents of the poor and, if it is not forcefully resisted and denounced, it is going to lead our nation even further in a perilous direction. The curriculum additions are often influenced by local corporations and business leaders.

Yet here I am one night, a guest within their home, and dinner has been served and we are having coffee now; and this entirely likable, and generally sensible, and beautifully refined and thoughtful person looks me in the eyes and asks me whether you can really buy your way to shake education for the children of the poor.

He had made numerous references throughout the book stating that sometimes the actions used to control the kids resembled techniques used to train a dog.

It faded because it made it difficult for me to concentrate with what was going on in the book. To make such claims conflicting the school system proper knowledge is needed about it first which Jonathan has. This book paints the very realistic picture of hour racism plays a huge role in contemporary education and how the powers that be push for it and allow it to thrive while insisting with fervor that the real problem is something totally different and they have the solution and it includes more testing For those who don’t live it or see it, Kozol’s books are huge eye openers.


Even ntion appearance of the schools are poor, whether the textbooks are outdated or the school itself is falling apart. Exactly how many thousands is almost impossible to know.

Hearing what other area schools are like is an eye-opener to how different a kozo, area can be. Hsame 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.

The Shame of the Nation | Jonathan Kozol

But it is not the truth, and it is not an innocent misstatement of the facts. Overall this book was very credible, interesting, inspiring, and made me greatly appreciate my situation.

References to service programs, mentoring and tutoring and such, provide at least a hint of what fair-minded people often wish that they could do on a more comprehensive basis if the means for doing it did not seem so politically complex or threaten to exact too high a toll on their immediate self-interest.

Kozol notes that most of the students within these schools are unfamiliar with the actions of the minority leaders their schools are named after.

Worse yet, the people who most need to read this never will, and those who agree with Kozol will be reading what they already have intimate knowledge of. Students of color have limited resources and support from the educational system. I also developed my own thoughts and opinions on the matter. Knowing this fact and learning how there are substantial differences in funding by the federal government to minority ruled urban schools and middle class suburban neighborhood schools sparked a sense of outrage.

Also I have read another one of his books and get the sense that he recycles many anecdotes between books so ended up feeling like misty of the information was repetitive.

The Shame of the Nation

My question for him is, how? Despite numerous attempts to desegregate schools and allow them to be accessible to all Americans regardless of race or skin color, they failed to be adequate. The shame of the nation: Due to that in the last few chapters my interests in the book faded. Sep 27, Shaje.