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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kozol Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“The nation needs to be confronted with the crime that we’re committing and the promises we are betraying. This is a book about betrayal of the young, who have no power to defend themselves. It is not intended to make readers comfortable.”

Over the past several years, Jonathan Kozol has visited nearly sixty public schools. Virtually everywhere, he finds that conditions have grown worse for inner-city children in the fifteen years since federal courts began dismantling the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. First, a state of nearly absolute apartheid now prevails in thousands of our schools. The segregation of black children has reverted to a level that the nation has not seen since 1968. Few of the students in these schools know white children any longer. Second, a protomilitary form of discipline has now emerged, modeled on stick-and-carrot methods of behavioral control traditionally used in prisons but targeted exclusively at black and Hispanic children. And third, as high-stakes testing takes on pathological and punitive dimensions, liberal education in our inner-city schools has been increasingly replaced by culturally barren and robotic methods of instruction that would be rejected out of hand by schools that serve the mainstream of society.

Filled with the passionate voices of children and their teachers and some of the most revered and trusted leaders in the black community, The Shame of the Nation is a triumph of firsthand reporting that pays tribute to those undefeated educators who persist against the odds, but directly challenges the chilling practices now being forced upon our urban systems by the Bush administration. In their place, Kozol offers a humane, dramatic challenge to our nation to fulfill at last the promise made some fifty years ago to all our youngest citizens.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angie Moon | 1/21/2014

    " I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is extremely well written and I greatly admire Jonathan Kozol's work but the content is so upsetting. The whole time I was reading it I had to spout out the unhappy statistics to anyone who was near me. This country needs to overhaul it's education system. There are children falling through the cracks all the time and it just isn't fair. If this is how we educate our children what will the future be like when they are in charge and are completely unprepared? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lho1987 | 1/19/2014

    " Informative, but definitely pushing a political agenda that I'm not too sure I agree with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by emily | 1/15/2014

    " i only made it about halfway through. the stories of inner-city kids being screwed by the system are heart-breaking and infuriating. and i get that that is the author's intention: to make up pay attention to these kids' stories that might otherwise not get told. but you can only read so much of that before you are like, "ok, i get it, now tell me what to do about it." i could have used a side helping of solutions along with course after course of problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebekah ODell | 1/14/2014

    " Amazing! This is seriously a must-read for everyone. It is staggering to see what is really happening in our urban school systems. "

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