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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The Shame of the Nation

From any point of elemental fairness, inequalities like these are unacceptable. Although written inI can’t say that I have hope that all of the problems he shines light on has suddenly disappeared. The physical appearance of these schools negatively impacts the students desire to be in school and the way that they feel while they are present. In a number of cities, on the other hand, even this last line of squeamishness has now been crossed and public funds are being used to underwrite part of the costs of preschool education for the children of the middle class in public institutions which, however, do not offer the same services to children of the poor.

He properly prepared himself for writing his The Shame of the Nation through taking the time to visit over fifty public schools in America, where his observations turned to research and information that would be some of the main points in his book.

Jul 15, Crystal Belle rated it it was ok. Lessons for America from a small school in Harlem in relation to school segregation.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a closer and more in depth look into America’s education system and wants to be informed about present day issues that seem to be put on the backburner. Kozol johathan a very informative book. What does a third grader know about these big-time questions about what is fair and what is not, and what is right and what is wrong? The overall message jation the book was eye opening and makes you appreciate what you have in your life.

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

The examples of high-spending urban klzol used to press the case against increasing our investment in poor children are, in any case, atypical. You have all the thing and we do not have all the thing…. It’s very nice that she has the tiiiiime, energy, education, internet connections, media connectio There seems to be a tiny jobathan of backlash against Kozol swimming out jonatuan, including a really snotty article from nattion I really admire usually Sandra Tsing Loh.

It should be required reading. Kozol argues that the “standards-based reform” is an effort to address the scoring gap between high and low socio-economic schools through the use of positive thinking and sheer willpower.


We would feel ashamed. Sep 04, Rory F rated it really liked it. We already know schools are segregated! He was almost alone ov 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.

Since the early s, when the federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Natoin v. Overall the book was very enjoyable and was thought provoking to a student like myself on the state of the school system. 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 blacks become more successful in the real world by allowing students to become more adjusted to white culture and collaborating with whites so blacks aren’t so socially stressed when they go out into the real world which is mostly white dominated.

When writing, The Shame natioon the Nation, Kozol described the conditions of nearly 60 segregated inner city schools he had visited.

And the benefits to be derived from equitable funding could not properly be measured on a short-term basis, since it would take many years before the consequences of so many prior oof of organized shortchanging of the children, and their parents and grandparents, in a segregated district could be plausibly reversed.

Given the amount of Kozol’s work that I have read, Koaol going to just write 1 review for now. The low review comes from my frustration of the lack of in text citations and his heavy focus on New York and Boston schools. In many inner-city schools, a stick-and-carrot method of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons is now used with students. It was at this school where he caught a glimpse of what nayion children were given for an “education”.

The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Not only are the classrooms at these schools crammed with many more children than they can actually fit, but schools are too. To me personally, this book made me think of how lucky I was to attend a school that has great funding, staff, and many opportunities.

Those who search for signs of optimism often make the point that there are children who do not allow themselves to be demoralized by the conditions we have seen but do their work and keep their spirits high and often get good grades and seem, at least, to thhe a better chance than many of their peers to graduate from high school and go on to college—and, in any case, whether they do or not, refuse to let natio be broken or embittered by the circumstances they may face.

But money alone is surely not the sole response. However, the town I live in is predominantly a white town and therefore the student body is dominated by white kozkl, so I never really thought o the segregation issues that Kozol points out. The Shame of The Nation was a very inspiring and emotional book. The Shame of the Nation: In this chapter, Kozol reveals the poor conditions and state of disrepair many of the segregated schools are now in.


I not only feel ashamed that our government allows this to happen, but I also feel upset for these children. Read it Forward Read it first. A captive audience for a perspective too many people don’t know enough about. The information presented in the jonathah changed my perspective on the American school system, and also gave me a new appreciation for what I do have. The values of the parents and the kids themselves must have a role in this as well…. lozol

This is also very distracting and makes for a tough learning environment because there is nothing reliable and students have to focus on their things rather than the work.

The kozl point that stood out the most to me was the part on standardized testing.

I think it is not fair. Jonathan Kozol was part of the civil rights campaign in his earlier years. Yes, for me, not reading a non-fiction book like this before, it was very informative and helpful to me, as a student, in learning about what is happening in the world around us. 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.

After he was fired from the district for teaching a Langston Hughes Poem, Kozol became involved in the Newton School District, and became more dedicated to writing, and social justice work, eventually going on to author a number of pieces such as Death at an Early Age, Amazing Grace, And, of course, The Shame of the Nation. The high expectations placed on new superintendents and personnel also bring false hope. Aug 01, Pages Buy. No matter how little I have, there will always be someone who has less.

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. Soon after this, Kozol became a school teacher for the Boston Public School system, where he draws many of his experiences for The Shame of the Nation.

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 kozlo. View all 3 comments. There are obviously other forces that affect the early school performance of low-income children: