Kozol will deliver a lecture titled “The Shame of the Nation: Race, Poverty, and Inequity in Our Urban Schools,” which will address present-day challenges for students and teachers within the education system.
Kozol is the author of several award-winning books on education that speak to his experiences working with inner-city schoolchildren for nearly 50 years. His first book, Death at an Early Age, is an account of his first year as a teacher and received the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion. Kozol also has written best-sellers such as Savage Inequalities, The Shame of the Nation and Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation.
In 2012, Kozol published Fire in the Ashes, which follows children growing up in poor areas of the U.S. from infancy into young adulthood.
The Washington Post described Kozol’s writing in Fire in the Ashes as showing “what an immense difference people can make when they get directly involved in kids’ lives. When children from the communities make it, it’s almost always because along the way they lucked into finding an advocate who refused to let them fall through the cracks.”
Closely aligned with the College’s Lasallian mission, the Center for the Study of the Future of Education intends to follow the innovative nature of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, by providing opportunities for dialogue and action on topics related to 21st century education.