In Chicago. Don’t miss an evening with Jonathan Kozol.

Activist author Jonathan Kozol will speak in Chicago – the epicenter the corporate-style “education reform” storm – on September 27 about his new book Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America.

Kozol argues that there is a profound connection between urban poverty, racism and educational neglect. Today, he says, the public schools and teachers who serve children in poverty are under attack. Kozol, author of a series of notable books about the conditions of children in urban America, will speak in Chicago on September 27. He will address the current, unprecedented assault on public education and on public school teachers.

 In Fire in the Ashes Kozol reconnects with some of the children his readers first met in Amazing Grace (1996), Savage Inequalities (1991) and Shame of the Nation (2006) and his other works documenting the social and educational conditions facing urban children. Kozol argues that as a society, we must judge ourselves by the way we treat our children–particularly our poorest children–and that public schools are a critical anchor in a democratic society. He describes vividly the resilient and curious spirits of children growing up in adversity; he asks that we examine the priorities of our society which has seized upon their public schools as a profit center, instead of a sheltering, supportive center of learning.
 Kozol’s lecture will be sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union along with university, parent and community groups. A book signing by the author will follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are strongly recommended.

Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America 

Hosted by: Michael Klonsky and William Ayers along with The Children and Families Justice Center of Northwestern University Law School.  Sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union, CReATE, Parents United for Responsible Education, and the Raise Your Hand Coalition.

Event Location

Northwestern University Law School’s Thorne Auditorium
375 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
The event is free, but reservations are strongly recommended.

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