For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremes was widening and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded and understaffed, and lacked the basic elements of learning including books and, all too often, classrooms for the students.
In "Savage Inequalities," Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation's schools.
About the Author
Jonathon Kozol has been awarded the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His previous books include Amazing Grace and Savage Inequalities. He lives in Byfield, Massachusetts.
MARK WINSTON, associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill since 2006, will become assistant chancellor and director of the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, effective September 1. Prior to his UNC position, Winston taught for seven years at the Rutgers School of Communication, Information and Library Studies on the New Brunswick campus. Winston succeeds Lynn Mullins, who retired after 20 years as Dana Library director.