The Shame of the Nation



The Shame of the Nation Since The Early 1980s, 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 1968 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 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.

10 thoughts on “The Shame of the Nation

  1. says:

    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 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 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 And isn t the point that ALL children should have a...

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    Essential reading 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 Board of Education The schools are underfunded due to the system which is dependent upon property taxes, which al Essential reading 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 Board of Education The schools are underfunded due to the system which is dependent upon property taxes, which also are derived from poorer neighborhoods 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 Misguided and overly strict ...

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    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 My issue is, he critiques pr...

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    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 His works on poverty, homelessness, and adult illiteracy are also worth reading, but I am most impressed by his books o...

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    Kozol has been writing about education in America, its failings and inequities, with talent for decades I was impressed with the factual nature of the presentation He makes an argument that the roots of our currently segregated system, in which blacks, particularly poor blacks are segregated into schools that are less well funded, feature educational programs that are rigid and stultifying, and are often shunted into low wage job training before they are 12 The argument holds up very well, as Kozol has been writing about education in America, its failings and inequities, with talent for decades I was impressed with the factual nature of the presentation He makes an argument that the roots of our currently segregated system, in which blacks, particularly poor blacks are segregated into schools that are less well funded, feature educational programs that are rigid and stultifying, and are often shunted into low wage job training before they are 12 The argument holds up very well, as does his indictment of decades of conservative urban school reform They keep saying we know what works but what they trydoesn t workand what they avoid, desegregationdoes Also impressive is the way Kozol weaves hope into his narrative The stories of students who make it out, the storie...

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    You know you don t , I don t like to get political, but if we would rather spend yuge amounts of money on a wall, a proposition fraught with difficulty, than solve the problems such as ones outlined in this book, there is something intrinsically wrong with this nation Please read this book Get out of your echo chamber, defy your conservative worldview, and read this work To be fair, I m reading Dinesh D souza s End of Racism right now and it s equally uncomfortable for my worldview But if You know you don t , I don t like to get political, but if we would rather spend yuge amounts of money on a wall, a p...

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    I very much respect Kozol and his lifelong work on education, and education for certain underserved portions of our society It s not talked about enough I also respect Kozol s passion after dedicating so much time and energy on this issue, he has every right to write whatever he wants on the topic Unfortunately for me, I didn t learn anything here A white guy who grew up in middle class white suburbia, and I didn t learn much that I didn t already know about education in America A missed o I very much respect Kozol and his lifelong work on education, and education for certain underserved portions of our society It s not talked about enough I also respect Kozol s passion after dedicating so much time and energy on this issue, he has every right to write whatever he wants on the topic Unfortunately for me, I didn t learn anything here A white guy who grew up in ...

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    Clear and easy to read, despite the heavy subject matter He didn t just point out problems he explored the Why, exposing the underlying systemic deficiencies that perpetuate and exacerbate the problems I appreciated how thoughtfully he articulated his arguments, and the subject matter deserves deep thoughts This book helped me to thinkcritically about the structure of education in the United States, hence the four stars I would have likedconcrete, provable information that backe Clear and easy to read, despite the heavy subject matter He didn t just point out problems he explored the Why, exposing the underlying systemic deficiencies th...

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    This book is a good one, but it is a hard read and as a teacher who sees these issues first hand, it gets my blood boiling.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 includestesting For those who don t live it or see it, Kozol s books are huge eye openers This book is a good one, but it is a hard read and as a teacher who sees these issues first hand, it gets my blood boiling.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 includestesting For those who don t live it or see it, Kozol s books are huge eye openers I will say that somebody as interested and invested in the subject as I am, wh...

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    This is an AMAZING book regarding education in the US Although written in 2005, I can t say that I have hope that all of the problems he shines light on has suddenly disappeared This book challenges the notion that schools are integrated, even though Brown vs Board of Education was.over 60 years ago In fact, as Kozol finds, if you go to a school named for one of the civil rights leaders that fought for integration and desegregation Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr you ll likely find This is an AMAZING book regarding education in the US Although written in 2005, I can t say that I have hope that all of the problems he shines light on has suddenly disappeared This book challenges the notion t...

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