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White flight—partly caused by the forced busing that Kozol helped bring about—shrank urban tax bases while filling the suburbs with new upwardly mobile parents who cared deeply about their children's schools and were happy to lavish tax money on them, particularly since they were now paying less taxes for welfare and policing. But not for the reasons Kozol puts forth. In , Kozol left his comfortable surroundings in Cambridge, Massachusetts to begin work as a teacher in low-income, predominantly African-American Roxbury neighborhood in Boston. Those poor children will grow to adulthood not in the collectivist society of Jonathan Kozol's fantasy but in the global economy. Education theories and practices inspired by another failed Marxist utopia are the last thing those children need. The two things are not the same. Winter Education School reformer Jonathan Kozol likes to present himself as a prophet without honor in his own country, a heroic explorer of America's slums whose painful discoveries about the institutional racism that stunts poor children go unheard and unappreciated. Posts Jonathan Kozol Bio In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of and , Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure career within the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher. But Kozol brooded over the ideas he'd taken away from Cuba and molded them into a new theory for reforming American education. Widely respected education economists, Harvard's Caroline Hoxby and Eric Hanushek of the University of Rochester, have shown that disparities in school funding cannot explain racial and class disparities in academic achievement. Returning to Boston in , he decided to try his hand as a substitute fourth-grade teacher at a run-down school in the largely minority Dorchester district—only to be fired after six months.

Few of them know white children any longer. Kozol has since held two Guggenheim Fellowshipshas twice been a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundationand has also received fellowships from the Field and Ford Foundations. Posts Jonathan Kozol Bio In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of andJonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure career within the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher.

He is, at the present time, the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America. His outcry must shake our nation out of its guilty indifference.

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The two things are not the same. Not Kozol: the dissident truth-seeker became a crude propagandist for a coercive Marxist state. Most of the white liberals who cheered Judge Garrity's decision didn't enroll their own children in the public schools, of course; nor did the childless Kozol.

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Like all Cuban schools, this one is based "on a firm and vivid grasp upon the concrete truths of life itself. Though there's not much evidence that Kozol ever spent a single night in Mott Haven, he told reporters that he had spent the better part of two years there, losing 30 pounds and contracting asthma as a result.

But in the book, he chooses to highlight only the most glaring contrasts between the worst inner-city schools and nearby suburban schools.

So unsparing is the book's portrayal of the racism of white teachers that a reader might well deem black separatism and Afrocentrism the only alternatives.

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They suffer a continual assault on their spirits, as their teachers belittle their aspirations and abilities. For Kozol, no other explanation is worth considering—not family breakdown and not underclass culture.

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Nevertheless, the success of Kozol's work provides political cover for the education interests to ask for more and more dollars to keep doing the same things. Hope and glory, sorrow and despair, are intermingled in these pages, but the transcendent victories of many of the children Jonathan's readers have already come to love have left him with a cautious optimism as he looks into the years ahead. In Kozol's telling, not one white adult—except him—exhibits a flicker of sympathy for the black children or teaches them anything useful. It was upon his return that he began to tutor children in Roxbury, MA , and soon became a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Like all Cuban schools, this one is based "on a firm and vivid grasp upon the concrete truths of life itself. Of course the newly gleaming building hardly had an impact on the academic performance of Morris's students. To the degree that elementary and high school teachers take to heart Kozol's vision of the classroom as an arena for political indoctrination and the deconstruction of Western culture, they limit the life chances of inner-city children. Kozol hardened these views in of all places revolutionary Cuba, whose government invited him in the mid-seventies to study its education system. Once again, Kozol argues that as long as ghettos like Mott Haven exist, they will have grossly underfunded schools.

A year later, New York abandoned its experiment in "community control" as it was calledbut not before hatred between the black community and the white teachers' union began to rage, grievously weakening an already beleaguered school system and leaving a residue of bitterness that persists to this day.

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