"I believe we need a national amendment which will guarantee every child in America the promise of not just an equal education but a high-quality equal education."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Jonathan Kozol on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Jonathan Kozol on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Jonathan Kozol on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Jonathan Kozol on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Jonathan Kozol on Oscar Wilde
"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."