Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"The poisonous essence of this law [No Child Left Behind] lies in the mania of obsessive testing it has forced upon our nation's schools and, in the case of underfunded, overcrowded inner-city schools, the miserable drill-and-kill curriculum of robotic 'teaching to the test' it has imposed on teachers, the best of whom are fleeing from these schools because they know that this debased curriculum would never have been tolerated in the good suburban schools that they, themselves, attended.
...There are some mediocre teachers in our schools (there are mediocre lawyers, mediocre senators, and mediocre presidents as well), but hopelessly dull and unimaginative teachers do not suddenly turn into classroom wizards under a regimen that transforms their classrooms into test-prep factories..."
"Why I Am Fasting: An Explanation to My Friends," HuffingtonPost.com, Sep. 10, 2007
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, Editorial Board, Greater Good (online magazine)
Founder, Education Action! (network of education activists)
Founder and former Co-Director, Storefront Learning Center
Winner, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 1996
Winner, New England Book Award, 1992
Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award, 1992
Winner, Christopher Award, 1988
Conscience in Media Award, American Society of Journalists and Authors, 1988
Winner, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1988
Guggenheim Fellow, 1970 and 1984
Rockefeller Fellow, 1978 and 1983
Ford Foundation Fellow, 1974
Field Foundation Fellow, 1972
Winner, National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion, 1968
Former fourth grade teacher, Roxbury, MA
Rhodes Scholarship, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 1959
BA, English Literature, summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1958
Graduated, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA, 1954
Phone: 212-782-9000 (Kozol's publisher, Random House, Inc.) Email: None found Website:Publisher profile
Recipient, Sexton Fellowship in Creative Writing from Harper & Row, 1962
Winner, Olympia Award, 1962
Born in Boston, MA in 1936
"Shortly after he began teaching in the public school system, Kozol was fired for reading from a book of poetry by Langston Hughes that was not on the approved curriculum list." "Biography - Jonathan Kozol," Brandeis University Libraries website, 1999