Jonathon Kozol, one of America's greatest living writers on problems in public education, now in his seventies, has been studying children, teachers, and principals in some of our poorest school districts for over forty years. In lucid, unsparing terms, he describes the persistence of racial segregation among minority school children. Though no longer the law, or established custom, segregation continues because the United States has abandoned commitment to expansion of opportunity. Our text this term is Kozol's latest offering, Letters to a Young Teacher,* the culmination of his compassionate, yet stinging insights on the cruel mania for high-stakes testing that dominates current public educational policies while draining all imagination and creativity from the educational process. Students are asked to obtain this book, locally or online, and please read, if possible, to page 44.
*Letters to a Young Teacher; 2007, Three Rivers Press. 10 copies of this book will be available from Sue Zerangue, 503-338-0313, for $10/each, after Sept. 1st. Please call to reserve a copy.
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