Cross posted to the Public School Shakedown project, http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org, a cooperative project of the Education Bloggers Network (part of Diane Ravitch’s Network for Public Education) and The Progressive Magazine. NME web and social media administrator , Vanessa Vaile, recently joined the Education Bloggers Network.
It was fitting that a huge crowd packed into the pews of Herrick Chapel at Grinnell College last Friday night to hear Jonathan Kozol, for while the 78-year-old Kozol is a quiet prophet with a Boston accent and a sense of humor, his life work has been to name the deepest sins of our society and call us to do something about them. He writes and speaks about public policy—especially as it shapes education and the other institutions that embody the way we value or devalue our children, but he isn’t really a policy wonk.
Kozol does not arrive with a list of the perfect policy solutions. Rather he writes from a location of privilege to challenge the blindness of privilege. His purpose is to make us all see and feel responsible for how our society’s injustices are experienced by real people who share the same values and needs and…
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