"A great deal has been written in recent years about the purported lack of motivation in the children of the Negro ghettos. Little in my experience supports this, yet the phrase has been repeated endlessly, and the blame in almost all cases is placed somewhere outside the classroom."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Jonathan Kozol on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Jonathan Kozol on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Jonathan Kozol on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Jonathan Kozol on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Jonathan Kozol on Mark Twain
"At that time, I had recently finished a book called Amazing Grace, which many people tell me is a very painful book to read. Well, if it was painful to read, it was also painful to write. I had pains in my chest for two years while I was writing that book."
"We are now operating a school system in America that's more segregated than at any time since the death of Martin Luther King."
"Apartheid education, rarely mentioned in the press or openly confronted even among once-progressive educators, is alive and well and rapidly increasing now in the United States."
"During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed."
"I am opposed to the use of public funds for private education."