13 Facts About Jonathan Kozol


Jonathan Kozol was born on September 5,1936 and is an American writer, progressive activist, and educator, best known for his books on public education in the United States.


Jonathan Kozol was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford.


Jonathan Kozol did not complete his scholarship, deciding instead to go to Paris to learn to write fiction and nonfiction from experienced authors such as William Styron, Richard Wright, and others who were living in Paris at the time.


Jonathan Kozol was fired for teaching a Langston Hughes poem, as described in Death at an Early Age, and then became deeply involved in the civil rights movement.


Jonathan Kozol has been working with children in inner-city schools for more than forty years.


Jonathan Kozol is currently on the editorial board of Greater Good Magazine, published by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.


Jonathan Kozol's contributions include the interpretation of scientific research into the roots of compassion, altruism, and peaceful human relationships.

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Jonathan Kozol published Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope in 2000 and The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America was released September 13,2005.


Jonathan Kozol is still active in advocating for integrated public education in the United States and is a critic of the school voucher movement.


Jonathan Kozol continues to condemn the inequalities of education and the apparently worsening segregation of black and Hispanic children from white children in the segregated public schools of almost every major city of the nation.


Jonathan Kozol finds that in school districts whose taxpayers and property-owners are relatively wealthy, the per-child annual spending is much higher than in school districts where poor people live.


Jonathan Kozol asks rhetorically whether it is right that the place of one's birth should determine the quality of one's education.


Jonathan Kozol founded The Education Action Fund, which serves as a nonprofit charitable fund that provides direct assistance to many of the children and families profiled in his books.