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Jonathan Kozol Talks Teaching and Inequalities in Schools

Free Resource (#837) - June 18th, 2009
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Jonathan Kozol: Letters to a Young Teacher

In this talk, author and activist Jonathan Kozol talks about his latest book Letters to a Young Teacher which consists of letters he exchanged with Francesca, a first-grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston. Kozol also speaks out against the No Child Left Behind program and the craze over standardized testing that teachers and students are subjected to. He addresses the inequalities and segregation that exist between inner city schools and suburban schools. Along the way, he tells many amusing and endearing stories of teachers and their students. This talk is available on streaming video through FORA.tv.

Jonathan Kozol: Letters to a Young Teacher

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Letters to a Young Teacher

In these affectionate letters to Francesca, a first grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca’s likably irreverent questioning, also revealing his own most personal stories of the years that he has spent in public schools.

Letters to a Young Teacher reignites a number of the controversial issues that Kozol has powerfully addressed in recent years: the mania of high-stakes testing that turns many classrooms into test-prep factories where spontaneity and critical intelligence are no longer valued, the invasion of our public schools by predatory private corporations, and the inequalities of urban schools that are once again almost as segregated as they were a century ago.

But most of all, these letters are rich with the happiness of teaching children, the curiosity and jubilant excitement children bring into the classroom at an early age, and their ability to overcome their insecurities when they are in the hands of an adoring and hard-working teacher.

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Letters to a Young Teacher

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