"If you grow up in the South Bronx today or in south-central Los Angeles or Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you quickly come to understand that you have been set apart and that there's no will in this society to bring you back into the mainstream."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Jonathan Kozol on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Jonathan Kozol on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Jonathan Kozol on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Jonathan Kozol on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Jonathan Kozol on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."