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"Must reading for all teachers and parents" --Studs Terkel

About the Author

Jonathan Kozol is award–winning author of Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, and The Shame of the Nation. He has held two Guggenheim Fellowships, has twice been a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has also received fellowships from the Field and Ford Foundations. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for more than 40 years. He currently lives in Byfield, MA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications; Second Edition edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851686312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851686315
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Kozol has been awarded the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. His book Savage Inequalities was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and became a national bestseller.

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bolt on March 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have my community college students read Kozol's essays and they always have a strong response leading to debate about thier own education and belief systems. The essays are highly accessible to general readers and blow the pants off the denser works of the most acclaimed education theorists. Like all Kozol's work, On Being a Teacher book is passionate, pointed and beautifully written. (Before emerging as a 60s activist, Kozol was a poet.) He asks us what teaching and schools are for: mantaining an inequitable status quo or achieving a vibrant democracy that all students (and teachers)feel they can enter into? You would be well served to read it and see what you think! Each short essay addresses a theme having to do with the ethical and social responsibilities of the teacher. Topics include "History from the bottom up," "The Hero in jail: the truth will set us free," and "It is evil to tell lies to children." Although this book is almost 20 years old, every essay still resonates and asks contmeperary questons. Savor this book if you have a bit of the revolutionary in you, or if you are feeling like you're on auto-pilot and need some revolutionary sprit infused into your veins. Even politically conservative readers like the one above will find they have an challenging and engaging dialog with this book. As for educators and parents, On Being a Teacher is a must. There is only one philosphical book about education that is more stunning, a book called The Night is Dark and I am Far From Home, also by Kozol. Sadly, that book is out of print. Hopefully that will change. In the meantime, On Being a Teacher continues to resound.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lawrencerose on October 8, 2005
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I just want to respond to the review by "a reader." Jonathan Kozol was in fact an educator, and if you're read any of his other works, such as "Death at an Early Age," he gives us personal accounts from his own teaching. He is an amazing writer, and very powerful in the field of education. If you do not agree with his "conspiracy theories" that is fine, but please do not make it seem as if he is not qualified to write about what he does.
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By Becka on December 24, 2012
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Kozol is always a great read. If you are a teacher, def read this book. He is one amazing individual.
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By harold j. spaulding on April 20, 2015
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Excellent and informative
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