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105 Powerful & Hard Hitting Quotes By Jonathan Kozol

Famous As: Educator & Non-Fiction Writer
Born On: 1936
Born In: Boston
Founder / Co Founder: Cambridge Institute for Public Education and Education Action!
Age: 87 Years

One of the biggest contributors in the field of public education in the United States, Jonathan Kozol is a prominent American author, activist and educator. His thoughts on multicultural education, Critical theory and Educational reform are followed worldwide. He gained recognition after his works ‘Death at an Early Age’, ‘Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools’ and ‘The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America’. For his work ‘Death at an Early Age’, he received highest honor of National Book Award in 1968. He also received other accolades such as Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Robert F. Kennedy Book award, Conscience-in-Media Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and New England Book Award. Kozol established a dedicated non-profit group to organize teaching across the country at the grassroot levels, known as Cambridge Institute for Public Education. Education Action was also founded by Kozol which aimed at promotion of education for the racially segregated and underprivileged section of the society. We have collected Jonathan Kozol’s notable quotes and sayings from his books, writings, articles, work, interviews and views. Let us go through these quotes from Kozol, highlighting his thoughts and sayings.

A dream does not die on its own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives...

A dream does not die on its own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives...

Jonathan Kozol
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

Jonathan Kozol
It's sad that some people who have one exciting moment spend the rest of their lives rehashing it.

It's sad that some people who have one exciting moment spend the rest of their lives rehashing it.

Jonathan Kozol
I believe we need a national amendment which will guarantee every child in America the promise of not just an equal education but a high-quality equal education.

I believe we need a national amendment which will guarantee every child in America the promise of not just an equal education but a high-quality equal education.

Jonathan Kozol

But for the children of the poorest people we're stripping the curriculum, removing the arts and music, and drilling the children into useful labor. We're not valuing a child for the time in which she actually is a child.

Jonathan Kozol
When I was teaching in the 1960s in Boston, there was a great deal of hope in the air. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, Malcolm X was alive; great, great leaders were emerging from the southern freedom movement.

When I was teaching in the 1960s in Boston, there was a great deal of hope in the air. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, Malcolm X was alive; great, great leaders were emerging from the southern freedom movement.

Jonathan Kozol
Young children give us glimpses of some things that are eternal.

Young children give us glimpses of some things that are eternal.

Jonathan Kozol
Wonderful teachers should never let themselves be drill sergeants for the state.

Wonderful teachers should never let themselves be drill sergeants for the state.

Jonathan Kozol
I encourage teachers to speak in their own voices. Don't use the gibberish of the standards writers.

I encourage teachers to speak in their own voices. Don't use the gibberish of the standards writers.

Jonathan Kozol
The fact that a crime might have been committed with impunity in the past may make it seem more familiar and less gruesome, but surely does not give it any greater legitimacy.

The fact that a crime might have been committed with impunity in the past may make it seem more familiar and less gruesome, but surely does not give it any greater legitimacy.

Jonathan Kozol
No human being who wants to read and own a book should ever have to go on a bended knee to get it.

No human being who wants to read and own a book should ever have to go on a bended knee to get it.

Jonathan Kozol
It is our nation which is blind, and needs our prayers.

It is our nation which is blind, and needs our prayers.

Jonathan Kozol

President Obama's first term in office has been better for intentions than for actual changes in planning and policy. I do believe, and he has several things to this effect, that he would like to provide universal preschool or at least far more preschool for our children.

Jonathan Kozol
A dream does not die on it's own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives.The motive may be different, and I'm sure it often is; the consequence is not.

A dream does not die on it's own. A dream is vanquished by the choices ordinary people make about real things in their own lives.The motive may be different, and I'm sure it often is; the consequence is not.

Jonathan Kozol
Now, I don't expect what I write to change things. I think I write now simply as a witness. This is how it is. This is what we have done. This is what we have permitted.

Now, I don't expect what I write to change things. I think I write now simply as a witness. This is how it is. This is what we have done. This is what we have permitted.

Jonathan Kozol
The primary victims of Katrina, those who were given the least help by the government, those rescued last or not at all, were overwhelmingly people of color largely hidden from the mainstream of society.

The primary victims of Katrina, those who were given the least help by the government, those rescued last or not at all, were overwhelmingly people of color largely hidden from the mainstream of society.

Jonathan Kozol
Still, I think it grieves the heart of God when human beings created in His image treat other human beings like filthy rags.

Still, I think it grieves the heart of God when human beings created in His image treat other human beings like filthy rags.

Jonathan Kozol
Equity, after all, does not mean simply equal funding. Equal funding for unequal needs is not equality.

Equity, after all, does not mean simply equal funding. Equal funding for unequal needs is not equality.

Jonathan Kozol
Childhood does not exist to serve the national economy. In a healthy nation, it should be the other way around.

Childhood does not exist to serve the national economy. In a healthy nation, it should be the other way around.

Jonathan Kozol
When they pray, what do they say to God?

When they pray, what do they say to God?

Jonathan Kozol

Schooling should not be left to the whim or wealth of village elders. I believe that we should fund all schools in the U.S. with our national resources. All these kids are being educated to be Americans, not citizens of Minneapolis or San Francisco.

Jonathan Kozol
The last thing the theatre owners wanted was for people who spent $200 to see 'Les Miserables' to come out again and see the real miserable children of America, right there on the sidewalk.

The last thing the theatre owners wanted was for people who spent $200 to see 'Les Miserables' to come out again and see the real miserable children of America, right there on the sidewalk.

Jonathan Kozol
Children sometimes understand things that most grown-ups do not see.

Children sometimes understand things that most grown-ups do not see.

Jonathan Kozol
The cause of homelessness is lack of housing.

The cause of homelessness is lack of housing.

Jonathan Kozol
The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.

The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.

Jonathan Kozol
During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed.

During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed.

Jonathan Kozol
[Of] particular importance is the relationship between education and the political process.

[Of] particular importance is the relationship between education and the political process.

Jonathan Kozol
I don't know if anything I write will endure, but I do try to write it as a narrative that will not only challenge but also entice the reader into the lives of children.

I don't know if anything I write will endure, but I do try to write it as a narrative that will not only challenge but also entice the reader into the lives of children.

Jonathan Kozol
I have an enormous sense of having failed in life.

I have an enormous sense of having failed in life.

Jonathan Kozol
I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It's blasphemy.

I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It's blasphemy.

Jonathan Kozol