Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Twitter Book Club: Jonathan Kozol (1972) Free Schools - Chapter 14

Court Suits: Vouchers: Legsl Strategies: Suing the System for a Child's Life

"It is, however, an irrefutable, if agonizing, fact that poor kids in this nation have been technically retarded in... http://tl.gd/9dm7soless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"School doesn't deliver what it promises and advertises, and does deliver something poisonous and vicious that it n... http://tl.gd/9dma4cless than a minute ago via Twittelator

When I finished reading this last night I started to wonder what Kozol's position was on the current debacle we are in regarding school reform. What were his views on charter schools? What were his views on Waiting for Superman? What were his views on the mess in Wisconsin? I found part of my answer in this quote of his I found on the blog Intelligent Discontent:
"It’s easy to create a hundred islands of short-term salvation for children of knowledgable families – those parents that knew how to get their kids into charter school lotteries for the few spaces available. But the hard thing is educating all the children in the neighborhood.
When I visited KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Academy in the Bronx, they put on quite a nice show, but I never knew a South Bronx school with so many students with nice prescription glasses and nice Lands End backpacks."

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