Letters to a Young Teacher

Letters to a Young Teacher


By (author) Jonathan Kozol

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  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 23mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0307393720
  • ISBN 13: 9780307393722
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 372,285

Product description

This is the book for readers of Jonathan Kozol's previous works on education, including "The Shame of the Nation" and "On Being a Teacher"; for readers of memoirs like Frank McCourt's "Teacher Man"; for new teachers looking for guidance and inspiration; and for educators, administrators, and children's advocates of all levels of experience. From the award-winning author of bestsellers "Shame of the Nation, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, Death at an Early Age," and "Ordinary Resurrections," Jonathan Kozol's most personally insightful and revealing work to date takes the form of encouraging letters to Francesca, a young classroom teacher, offering advice, personal stories, and a shared sense of outrage at the inadequacies of America's educational system.

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Author information

JONATHAN KOZOL is the National Book Award-winning author of "Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, " and "Savage Inequalities." He has been working with children in their inner-city schools for more than 40 years.

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"Kozol's love for his students is as joyful and genuine as his critiques of the system are severe. He doesn't pull punches." --"Washington Post" "[Charts] the positive tension between his lifelong indignation and the renewable joy of being in the classroom, something essential to all good teaching." --"Los Angeles Times" "In lovingly supportive letters to a young woman on her first job as a first grade teacher, Kozol brings us heartwarming stories of the magic of kids who delight in words like 'wiggly' and 'wobbly, ' 'bamboozle' and 'persnickety'-and who could resist a child called Pineapple? This remarkable book is a testament to teachers who not only respect and advocate for children on a daily basis but who are the necessary guardians of the spirit. Every citizen who cares about the future of our children ought to read this." --Eric Carle, author of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" "What a wonderful book! Anyone who cares about rebuilding our public education system should read it. I could not put it down!" --Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University "This book cuts to the heart of the matter of what it means to be a teacher today. The truth about testing, vouchers and their impact on public schools-it's all captured here. But here, too, we also experience the exhilaration of putting together lesson plans, the joys of comforting children, and the anxiety of a teacher's first days in school. Francesca's journey will leave you hopeful for our nation's children." --Reg Weaver, President, National Education Association "Jonathan Kozol's advice to the teacher Francesca shows all the qualities that make him the nation's wisest and boldest and most clear-headed writer on education: his passion for teaching, his respect for students, his refusal to submit to the stifling demands of the educational bureaucrats in and out of government. He tells personal classroom stories with ao