"I beg people not to accept the seasonal ritual of well-timed charity on Christmas Eve. It's blasphemy."
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Jonathan Kozol on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Jonathan Kozol on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Jonathan Kozol on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Jonathan Kozol on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Jonathan Kozol on Benjamin Franklin
"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."