“There is something deeply hypocritical in a society that holds an inner-city child only eight years old “accountable” for her performance on a high-stakes standardized exam but does not hold the high officials of our government accountable for robbing her of what they gave their own kids six or seven years before” (Kozol, 54).
This statement from Kozol’s book Shame of the Nation presents tough questions on behalf of inner city students. Kozol is an acclaimed author, Harvard Graduate, and Rhodes Scholar who is visiting Hickory as part of the Visiting Writers Series at LRU.
Kozol began his career working in an inner city school and is a well known advocate for children. His involvement in equity issues has also contributed to his notoriety. His latest book, Letters to a Young Teacher is the Freshman read at LR.
Kozol has been called the “social conscious” of education and is concerned about the amount of time teachers spend preparing kids for standardized testing.
Hickory Public Schools’ teachers are invited to attend Kozol’s lecture at 4:00 pm on November 6 at PE Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir Rhyne University.
The lecture will be immediately followed by a special reception at 4:45.
For more on the book, Shame of the Nation, please take a moment to view the YouTube clip below.