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Letters to a young teacher

Author: Jonathan Kozol
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Broadway books edView all editions and formats
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In the form of a series of affectionate letters to "Francesca", a first grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca's likably irreverent questioning, he also reveals his own most personal stories of the years that he has spent in public schools. Letters to a Young Teacher reignites a number of the controversial issues  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Kozol
ISBN: 9780307393722 0307393720
OCLC Number: 875697854
Description: x, 288 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Jonathan Kozol.

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In the form of a series of affectionate letters to "Francesca", a first grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca's likably irreverent questioning, he also reveals his own most personal stories of the years that he has spent in public schools. Letters to a Young Teacher reignites a number of the controversial issues Kozol has powerfully addressed in recent years: the mania of high-stakes testing that turns many classrooms into test-prep factories where spontaneity and critical intelligence are no longer valued, the invasion of our public schools by predatory private corporations, and the inequalities of urban schools that are once again almost as segregated as they were a century ago. But most of all, these letters are rich with the happiness of teaching children, the curiosity and jubilant excitement children bring into the classroom at an early age, and their ability to overcome their insecurities when they are in the hands of an adoring and hard-working teacher.--Publisher description.

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