Ordinary Resurrections

Ordinary Resurrections

by Jonathan Kozol

In this national bestseller, now in paperback, the acclaimed author of Savage Inequalities recounts the ons he has learned from the struggles and unlikely triumphs of children in the South Bronx, one of America's most impoverished neighborhoods.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Education
  • Rating: 4.20
  • Pages: 400
  • Publish Date: February 20th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
  • Isbn10: 0060956453
  • Isbn13: 9780060956455

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Even he takes a step back often in the book and admits he told that story because just because he felt like it.

Jonathan Kozol, an aging education writer, life-long bachelor with no children, and former school teacher in an impoverished area himself, had spent many years researching and writing about some of the worst education experiences a child could have in the United States. 6) he had been writing about for many years, Mr. Kozol set out on a mission to get to experience these very special children whom society had virtually written off. Mr. Kozol spends most of his time in a couple of public schools as well as a church called St. Anns in one of the worst, and most deprived areas of our country. At the same time he describes the social ills present in these young ones lives, he shows how these children are not rejects as some may suppose. He explains with loving words their interactions, their insights, their mannerisms, their funny sayings like get some church or the bread tastes good!, or whole-fly water, their tragedies, and I think, somehow he describes their potential, even though I dont know that he actually says this much until the end of the book. I suppose this book goes a long way in showing that the capacity for these children to love is actually increased because of their capacity to experience, and withstand pain. As the book begins to wrap up, Mr. Kozol reflects on his own life and his own treasures (p.292) that he received growing up in relation to these children of Mott Haven. I think perhaps the greatest strength was reading how the women at St. Anns, and especially Mother Martha cared for and loved not only the children but the people of the community. Although not a Christian, Mr. Kozol speaks warmly and positively about many of the religious things he observes in his research. All throughout the book I was expecting him to say that these experiences, especially at St. Anns, had actually help his faith grow, but of course, we never hear him say this directly.

It should be known to everyone." The purpose of his book is not to offer a lot of solutions, but more to highlight the incredible lives of the children & education workers he associates with, shares meals with & ultimately loves.

The stories of the children in this book are at times heartbreaking and depressing, but they are also uplifting, hopeful, and most of all, real.

It should be known to everyone." The purpose of his book is not to offer a lot of solutions, but more to highlight the incredible lives of the children & education workers he stoops with, shares meals with & loves.

Lyrical, universal, charming, and hopeful, with the perspective of age and the intensely personal good rather than an abstract, and possibly unobtainable view of a utopia, I'd highly recommend this one.

Most recently, Kozol has founded and is running a non-profit called Education Action.