"The contrasts between what is spent today to educate a child in the poorest New York City neighborhoods, where teacher salaries are often even lower than the city averages, and spending levels in the wealthiest suburban areas are daunting challenges to any hope New Yorkers might retain that even semblances of fairness still prevail."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Jonathan Kozol on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Jonathan Kozol on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Jonathan Kozol on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Jonathan Kozol on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Jonathan Kozol on Dalai Lama
"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."