Letters to a Young Teacher

Letters to a Young Teacher

by Jonathan Kozol
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Letters to a Young Teacher by Jonathan Kozol

In these affectionate letters to Francesca, a first grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca’s likably irreverent questioning, he also reveals his own most personal stories of the years that he has spent in public schools.

Letters to a Young Teacher reignites a numberof the controversial issues Jonathan has powerfully addressed in recent years: the mania of high-stakes testing that turns many classrooms into test-prep factories where spontaneity and critical intelligence are no longer valued, the invasion of our public schools by predatory private corporations, and the inequalities of urban schools that are once again almost as segregated as they were a century ago.

But most of all, these letters are rich with the happiness of teaching children, the curiosity and jubilant excitement children bring into the classroom at an early age, and their ability to overcome their insecurities when they are in the hands of an adoring and hard-working teacher.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307405708
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 929,663
File size: 405 KB

About the Author

JONATHAN KOZOL is the author of Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, and Savage Inequalities. He has been working with children in their inner-city schools for more than 40 years.


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Letters to a Young Teacher 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great exchange between Kozol and the young teacher, Francesca! The topics are relevant and timely. Good advice for future teachers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the CSPAN interview with Jonathan Kozol a couple of months ago. I had never heard of Mr. Kozol but after the interview, I wanted to read one or more of his books. I am not an educator or even associated with the education field but am interested in what is happening in our schools today. I thought the book was well written, engaging, and quite informative. I think it could be inspiring and helpful to young teachers, especially those in poorly funded or badly run districts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student teacher, I felt that this book was inspiring and though provoking. It made me examine the schools I've seen and question the curriculum that they use. Furthermore, these letters are a good way to start thinking about the political implications of the way we teach, and encourages teachers to be sophisticated political thinkers as well as educators.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book, because it touched on the joyful aspects of being an educator. However, it was realistic in discussing the more serious responsibilities of a professional teacher. Kozol encouraged me to think about the tougher issues that teachers face. This will help me be a better first year teacher because I won't be caught of guard by all of the experiences I will face. I enjoyed the stories that were interspersed throughout and kept it entertaining.