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MOBI ã DOC Fire in the Ashes 9781400052462 ô JONATHAN KOZOL ô [EPUB] ✶ Fire in the Ashes ✻ Jonathan Kozol –    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner city children he has known for many years Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize winninChildren he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity” But Jonathan is not a distant and detached reporter His own life has been radically transformed by the children who have trusted and befriended him   Never has this intimate acuaintance with his subjects been apparent or stirring than in Fire in the Ashes as Jonathan tells the stories of young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States Some of them never do recover from the battering they undergo in their early years but many battle back with fierce and often jubilant determination to overcome the formidable obstacles they face As we watch these glorious children grow into the fullness of a healthy and contributive maturity they ignite a flame of hope not only for themselves but for our socie Jonathan Kozol breaks my heart every time I open one of his books Who knew the suffering children are experiencing in homes in the poorest areas of our country Who knew how schools the last hope of many are giving up on these children Who knewKozol revisits children he has run across in his work in the schools in the past forty years For many of these children life has only gotten difficult and many of these stories end tragically with prison time and even in death But there are happy stories too As I was reading along with one devastating story after the other I was at the point mid book where it was too painful to go on It was almost as if Kozol realized that too and the stories suddenly began to shift and Kozol began to tell the stories of lives redeemed and saved along with the bleak A book that is a reminder to all of us of the power we hold in our hands to help or hinder those too weak or too tired to make it on their own

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Ty    The urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race gap a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning – are interwoven through these stories Why certain children rise above it all graduate from high school and do well in college while others are defeated by the time they enter adolescence lies at the essence of this work   Jonathan Kozol is the author of Death at an Early Age Savage Ineualities and other books on children and their education He has been called “today’s most elouent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised” But he believes young people speak most elouently for themselves and in this book so full of the vitality and spontaneity of youth we hear their testimon I have been a fan of Jonathan Kozol and his work since I read Savage Ineualities in college and I was thrilled to be able to review an ARC of his newest book exploring the intersection of race poverty and childhood in the South Bronx illustrated by children and families near and dear to Kozol's heart The book which is a compilation of about a dozen stories each one focusing on a different child or family but framed under the general narrative of the effect of poverty and racism on education is typical of Kozol's style His writing is clear and at times stark free of flowery prose incisive and utterly effective The journey starts out at the Martiniue Hotel a hotel in Midtown that used to house many homeless families before it was shut down in the eighties or nineties as a blight on the affluent City Proper The early passages reminded me of a story I read in sixth grade that piued my interest in child poverty in America Monkey Island by Paula Fox which made a tremendous impression on me as a child in a small private school in the Chicago suburbs where I received uite a good education At the time I simply couldn't believe that children like Clay Garrity fictional character that he was existed in AmericaBut there are many Clay Garritys in America and Kozol introduces us to some that he knows uite well Some of them have prevailed over the incredible odds stacked against them and some some have not Kozol doesn't mince words when he writes about the Martiniue Plagued by drug addicts criminal activity vermin rape violent and cruel management and according to one occupant tension so thick you could cut it with a knife the Martiniue is hell on earth He writes of several similar tenements in the city each with the same problems used to house the most vulnerable among us the ones in need of the most care including many many children I cannot adeuately describe the horrors there on my own so I'll simply provide Kozol's wordsI would later spend considerable time in a number of his buildings because so many of the children I was meeting in the Bronx were Mr Schuster's tenants There was one building in that complex that I got to know particularly well because I went there several times to interview the family of a child named Bernardo after he'd been killed by falling from an upper floor through an empty elevator shaft The elevator door wasn't working properly and would open unpredictably even when there was no elevator there The tenants had complained about the danger many times; but the company refused to make repairs Bernardo's body landed on the steel roof of the elevator unit which had stopped four floors beneat his own He was not found until his blood began to drip on passengers Mr Schuster managed to clean up his image at a later time by making contributions to important Democratic politicians some of them strong advocates for the very people he had treated with contempt and whose lives he had imperiled Hillary Clinton Richard Gephardt and John Kerry among others or by giving parties to raise funds on their behalf which won him a degree of prominence in Boston's social pagesMany of the families that Kozol writes about lived at the Martiniue for several years before being given an apartment which they had to accept no matter what the living conditions there were like and moving out The years at the Martiniue affected these children tremendously and early on Kozol notes a pattern when he explains that in two different families that had stayed at the Martiniue the older children had developed such harmful destructive tendencies that they had died very young while the younger resilient and at the time oblivious siblings managed to pull through and survive I won't ruin the narratives by attempting to give a succinct account of them in this review; I would do the stories of those families no justice that way You simply must read the book it

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Fire in the Ashes   In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner city children he has known for many years Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace and to the children he has vividly portrayed to share Fire in PDFEPUB or with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood   For nearly fifty years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage ineualities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation A winner of the National Book Award the Robert F Kennedy Book Award and countless other honors he has persistently crossed the lines of class and race first as a teacher then as the author of tender and heart breaking books about the It takes all the way to the Epilogue to hear Kozol’s message that he has been honing through 25 years of interviews with children of urban poverty “Charity and chance and narrow selectivity are not the way to educate the children of a genuine democracy” I agreeUnfortunately this comes after of book of revisiting many children he has introduced to us over the past several decades some with sad and fully expected derailments and others like “Pineapple” and “Jeremy” who have achieved academic breakthroughs despite coming from “neighborhoods of widespread destitution” principally because of charity and chance By not giving his readers this message frame this book as his others can reinforce a very different and debilitating message Jonathan Kozol has been called America’s premier chronicler of life among children of societal neglect Though we tend to forgive Kozol’s aren’t I empathetic style and his I have a relationship with these poor kids tone I do believe that his style and tone have contributed to a response to his stories that is at conflict with his central hope these kids deserve better Notice how many failed Colleges of Education he has been invited to addresscommiserate with or in how many “post modern” navel gazing Education courses his books are assigned readingIn fact I have seenheard too many use Kozol as a justification that because of their circumstances we can’t expect as much from these kids “Developmentally Appropriate” is the guise of denying stimulationexpectation because these kids are so unfortunate This is in the face of research that shows that these kids are than capable of succeeding academically without do gooder props or preference There is a stronger relationship to their success with our especially teachers’ expectations than with the children of poverty’s capabilitiesIt doesn’t have to be the minority of Kozol’s kids who succeed And here is where Kozol is pitch perfect we should not “celebrate exceptionality of opportunity” but rather we can achieve transformative outcomes irrespective of ethnic or economic background for all children if we “give to every child the feast of learning that is now available to children of the poor only on the basis of careful selectivity or by catching the attention of empathetic people like the pastor of a church or another grown up who they meet by chance”