'The Shame of the Nation' is basically an updated version of Mr. Kozol's 1991 book, 'Savage Inequalities.' That book reportedly sold 250,000 in hardcover alone, so one can understand the entrepreneurial logic of recycling its ideas. To be sure, Mr. Kozol has a seductive formula: Ignore most social scientists, listen to the children themselves and react with deep moral outrage to the tales of deprivation they tell. The most reliable evidence as to what actually goes on in schools, he writes, does not come from experts but from children, who are 'pure witnesses.' 'You have all the things and we do not have all the things,' a third-grader tells Mr. Kozol. She gets it: The principle of 'simple justice' has been violated. Everyone should have the same 'things.'My wife had to read 'Savage Inequalities' for one of her classes in college. Let's just say she was not happy.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
"Worthy of a Third-Grader"
So I take it Abigail Thernstrom did not like Jonathan Kozol's new book:
Posted by Tom at 8:14 AM