Overall the book was very enjoyable and was thought provoking to a student like myself on the state of the school system. Kozol, being an educator and activist in the Civil Rights Movement, wanted to shed light on the issue of segregation within education in America. Despite actions by the Supreme Court in instances such as Brown vs. 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. I was shocked at the vast amount of problems that still exist today in schools.
Anybody reading the book should not believe in the poor as being unprivileged due to not trying hard like everybody else. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America provides compelling evidence that the poorest children in this country are being short-changed. Who would imagine that some teachers and education administrators could be so robotic that they question their ingenuity and creativeness in the face of manipulation, except for a revealing book like this? Kozol sees every hope in teachers and administrators like Louis Bedrock whom he dedicates this book to , Miss Rosa the retired principal of P. Another sensitive issue that Kozol dissects are the problems with standardized testing. But along with his familiar theme of the inadequacy of the education we provide the children of the poor and minorities, he has a new focus in this book -- the return of a substantial degree of segregation in our urban schools. In view of all these structured teaching strategies imposed on the urban public schools by the administrative body, both teachers and students exhibit robotic behaviors in order to achieve the set goals of the planners. He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity to every child in our public schools.
His book will make you fighting mad, and it should. Overwhelming majority of black and browns who are in the prison now were earlier in life themselves victims of unspeakable broken education system. There is more to be done, and there is more we can do. Even teachers meetings are geared towards the discussion of effective strategies to prepare students for quarterly assessment tests or reviewing state and district standards. In accordance with Title 17 U. The segregation of black children has reverted to a level that the nation has not seen since 1968.
Inequality has been a threat in the American societyfor decades. He has been working with children, specifically in inner-city schools, for more than 40 years. On the other hand, the minority poor children get more skeptical and cynical when matters of equity arise. White students tend to occupy their own schools while the blacks go for the remainder. The other strength is the evidence of white students in descent suburbs with clean and secure schools having a curriculum to motivate interests and innovation Kozol 2005. Describes the process of de facto segregation in schooling, based on population, demographics, and funding.
It drains our energy pointing fingers and searching for solutions to symptoms of the poverty epidemic. Board of Education decision, social critic Jonathan Kozol finds that most black children in the United States continue to attend segregated schools—with devastating consequences. But as in the past, he is not as adept at proposing viable solutions as in spotlighting problems. His theorem is not based on statics or thoughtful frameworks. I would recommend that the justice system should pass legislations to allow minority families to live in housing within a certain walking distance of schools which are serving white children, proving minority women and men child care programs to enable those who had unplanned pregnancies or fallen behind due to segregated schooling system to finish high schools or colleges of their choice, also recommend that the Criminal Justice System to reevaluate the way it treats the Juveniles minority children of black ethnic and nationalities.
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. Most people believes that the best answer lies in creating smaller schools and secure the schools in a small neighborhood and in a large city so that the students and teachers can feel secure. The shame of the Nation. A reoccuring theme Kozol experiences is that the actual funding for the students to succeed is heavily disregarded and deemed unimportant. In chapter seven, it begins with a description of a writing assignment by which the author was criticized. 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. 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 government allegedly cooperates with. . Several suggestions are then given in the book for bringing about change. Hearing what other area schools are like is an eye-opener to how different a rural area can be. She has strong family ties and relates well with people of diverse backgrounds.
Human beings were injected with radioactive substances under the disguise of treating them. Reviewing this book brought up the most disturbing circumstances in American school system. These two chapters were about how students scores improved and the students achieved more when more money was spent on the schools. The Shame Of The Nation by Jonathan Kozol is both informative and engaging. But to confront a problem we first have to know about it. Music, art, and recess, and even portions of the summer break are also being excluded in order to maximize test preparation time.