Sunday, September 6, 2009

Post No. 133b: TV Program of Interest on U.S. Educational System

In the late 1960s, Death at an Early Age by Jonathan Kozol was required reading for some high school students in the southeastern region of the United States. Death is the story of how teachers in the Boston Public School System suppressed the expectations of their young, inner city students because the teachers themselves had low expectations of the students.

That book had a profound influence on our view of the power of expectation, and remains on our book shelf here at the Institute to this day.

C-Span has an “In Depth” series where they discuss issues with authors for 3 hours. Jonathan Kozol is featured today. His life’s work has focused on the inequities in the educational system, and how certain aspects of it actually do harm.

Click here for further information. The program starts at 12 Noon EDST. In our opinion, it will be time well-spent.

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