Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol

Active advocate for public education in the US and best selling author

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Advocate for Public Education in the US and Best Selling Author

After being fired from his teaching job for reading a Langston Hughes poem to his students, Jonathan Kozol wrote Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools in 1967, which put urban schools on America's political agenda. He has since tackled illiteracy, homelessness and educational inequality, earning the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and the Conscience in Media Award for his efforts.

Latest Work 

In August, 2012, Jonathan published Fire in the Ashes, the major book of his career, a powerful and stirring culmination of the stories he has told over a quarter-century about the children of the poorest urban neighborhood in the United States.  Fire in the Ashes is a sweeping narrative -- early critics say it reads like a compelling novel -- but the stories are interwoven with the crisis in our public schools and the decency of teachers who fight against the odds to defend the dignity of kids who are largely written off by our society. 

“Jonathan’s struggle is noble. What he says must be heard. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference.” —Elie Wiesel  

Other Books 

He is also the author of the acclaimed Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation,  Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America and Letters to a Young Teacher. 

Spokesman and Activist 

Kozol is an eloquent spokesperson for the disenfranchised and homeless, and he explores the reflections of children who have survived and thrived in America’s most violent communities. His solid, qualitative research and expertise on education in America has made him a definitive voice on the subject.   

“Today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.” — Chicago Sun-Times  

Education

Jonathan is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar.

“Among the many virtues of Jonathan Kozol’s strong and often beautiful books is that we cannot forget for even an instant that the poor are of our kind and live but a moment away. . . . There must be something special about Kozol—a warmth, a gentleness, a kind of mournful decency—that brings out the extraordinary in others.” —Kai Erikson, The Nation  

Books 

Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope

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

Letters to a Young Teacher

A Time of Hope: What We Can Expect from the New Administration in Washington (Emphasis on Children and Education)

Letters to a Young Teacher: An Invitation to a Beautiful Profession

The Challenges for Teachers in an Age of Inequality, Strict Accountability, and Remorseless Testing

Public Education: Equity and Excellence

Race, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity in our Nation’s Schools

Joy and Justice: An Invitation to the Young to Serve the Children of the Poor

  • Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
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  • The Shame of the Nation : The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
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  • Letters to a Young Teacher
    Letters to a Young Teacher Purchase Book
  • Death At An Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools
    Death At An Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools Purchase Book
  • Amazing Grace
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  • Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
    Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Purchase Book

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