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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: September 2005 ISBN: 9781415928318
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/5/2014

    " If Jonathan Kozol's book doesn't make you angry, then you aren't paying attention. In "The Shame of the Nation," Kozol outlines how schools have been re-segregated since the Reagan administration, and how these urban, highly minority schools have been underfunded and undercut by federal, state, and local governments. Comparing funding, curriculum, and access of those in poor urban areas to those in middle-class and wealthy suburban areas, Kozol highlights the injustices done to students living in these areas. He also points to a true racial segregation, even in urban districts, some schools having nearly 100% minority students, while another in the same district has a student body which is nearly 100% white. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Ethington | 1/3/2014

    " Segregation in public schools is at the same rates since the 50's and 60's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgianna | 1/2/2014

    " Good read...particularly if you are invested in America's (often misguided) system of education (at any level K-12 or higher education). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Klemp | 12/30/2013

    " A book that describes in great detail the class and race divide that has a stranglehold on education. The book can be a bit bogged down in statistics, but they help to put a solid foundation under the individual stories about students and schools and teachers and principals that Kozol deftly expresses. The effect is that you care about each kid Kozol meets, and then realize that this isn't the case of one or two (or one or two thousand) kids. It's the case of an entire system. Every teacher should read this. Again, no solution is provided for you; there's no easy answer to this problem. We are responsible for finding one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elyssa | 12/29/2013

    " Kozol does an excellent job of providing an in-depth investigation into the inequalities resulting from school segregation. I just wish he had devoted equal time to proposing viable solutions that his readers could implement rather than the few recommendations interspersed among the sordid details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 11/23/2013

    " powerful, insane to face the realities of US public schools "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hooma | 9/29/2013

    " This book made me re-evaluate a lot of my thinking when it comes to education. It was sad because most of the data collected for this book was collected in the mid to late 90's and you find yourself speechless as you turn the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/22/2013

    " This one is for school, but it has some interesting information/opinions on segregation in schools. Basically, it claims schools are no longer desegregated, but actually are going through a process of resegregation, which is moslty occurring in urban, low income areas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Rodriguez | 5/26/2013

    " Kozol writes a lot of books like this. He is an amazing journalist, and he really gets to know the people and topics that he writes about. It reminded me a lot of the other book /i read by him, Savage Inequalities, which I think i actually prefered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Castro | 4/25/2013

    " THe book has it's good points but the aunthor repeats himself too much. Saying once or twice was enough to make the point. The book is way too long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 4/14/2013

    " Unlike China, in America, education isn't as an important part of most people's lives. As someone who was exposed to the Portuguese public education system, I wasn't that surprised at Kozol's descriptions. I hope this book made a difference and the education system may be improving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/30/2012

    " Kozol definitely makes some great points about the inequities of schools in chapter 1. And chapter 2. And 3. And 4. And done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Khinna | 11/18/2011

    " Kozol spends an equal amount of time examining the root causes for the re-segregation of America's school as well as the on-the-ground effects that re-segregation has wrought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/6/2011

    " "Shame of the Nation" focuses on the growing apartheid in American schools. I learned a lot from reading this book, and I will probably read it again at some point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spencergus | 4/22/2011

    " I had a hard time choosing between 2 and 3 stars. This was a very interesting topic, a topic I care very deeply about. However, I kept getting frustrated with the writing style itself. I thought this book could have been better organized. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/27/2011

    " Very, very good, frightening and depressing, will make you angry. Does not give you hope for the future. Cannot believe the stories Kozol tells, but they are facts, and they are disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 3/3/2011

    " Interesting views of problems within inner city schools and how those students are not given equal opportunities in our education system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2011

    " This book should be required reading for all people who have an opinion on schools in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 8/1/2010

    " Kozol's most memorable contribution to the public school debate has to do with his framing high-stakes testing as supporting the seperate-but-equal philosophy of Plessy vs. Ferguson rather than the spirit of integration represented by Brown vs. the Board of Education. Absolutely dead on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 7/29/2010

    " If you've read one Kozol book, you've essentially read them all. However, this one has a tone to it that expresses the anger and urgency that is needed to bring education reform to this despicable system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 7/18/2010

    " Another book that everyone involved in education policy should read (and an engaging and worthwhile read for anyone else too). Kozol is a powerful storyteller, vividly illustrating the education (or lack thereof) being provided to disadvantaged children and tying it to broader policy issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/19/2010

    " This book is a MUST read for ALL!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/17/2010

    " Is it indulgent to read something that you know you'll agree with? I want to write things like this when I grow up. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol is the National Book Award–winning author of Fire in the Ashes, Savage Inequalities, and Death at an Early Age, among others. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years and is the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.