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Jonathan Kozol —
born on September 05, 1936,
Jonathan Kozol is an American writer, educator, and activist. best known for his books on public education in the United States... (wikipedia)
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
I emphasize teachers because they are largely left out of the debate. None of the bombastic reports that come from Washington and think tanks telling us what needs to be 'fixed' - I hate such a mechanistic word, as if our schools were automobile engines - ever asks the opinions of teachers.
Businessmen are not in business to lose customers, and schools do not exist to free their clients from the agencies of mass persuasion. School and media possess a productive monopoly upon the imagination of a child.
The answers I remember longest are the ones that answer questions that I didn't think of asking.
If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there's no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream.