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Free read Fire in the Ashes ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ [EPUB] ✶ Fire in the Ashes ✻ Jonathan Kozol –    In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner city children he has known for many years Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize winning books RaChildren he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity” But Jonathan is not a distant and detached reporter His own life has been radically transformed by the children who have trusted and befriended him   Never has this intimate acuaintance with his subjects been apparent or stirring than in Fire in the Ashes as Jonathan tells the stories of young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States Some of them never do recover from the battering they undergo in their early years but many battle back with fierce and often jubilant determination to overcome the formidable obstacles they face As we watch these glorious children grow into the fullness of a healthy and contributive maturity they ignite a flame of hope not only for themselves but for our socie. This is truly an inspirational book which confirms that by helping one this can radiate to many; having a long term beneficial effect for allWe follow the lives of a few people from the Bronx in New York City Some overcome the poverty the poor education and the crime and drug culture to rise up and above We also see some who sadly do not make it They are the victims of both themselves and their harsh living environment In this predatory environment it is easy for the government to avoid improving the schools and housing cleaning the streets of drug dealers The people in the Bronx are marginalized by their race their poverty and their illiteracyThe author provides us with a view of the streets and schools of the Bronx that would be unacceptable to the wealthier denizens of Manhattan who have the means and power to improve their living standards For instance the affluent would never accept an unualified teacher for their childrenBut it is those who have helped to pull themselves out of the Bronx maelstrom that overwhelms me Some of them were helped by others such as Pastor Martha Overall who has dedicated her life to assisting and guiding a community to overcome their obstacles Here we witness people of faith who are truly altruistic and make things happen for the better goodness of all The people they have aided get an education become good human beings and often return better able to aid those who are living a life of crime drug addiction prostitutionIn the end these people become better parents and hold a job in the workplaceThis is a book about individuals struggling There are no easy solutions We witness all this through the telling observations of the writer over many years

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Ty    The urgent issues that confront our urban schools – a devastating race gap a pathological regime of obsessive testing and drilling students for exams instead of giving them the rich curriculum that excites a love of learning – are interwoven through these stories Why certain children rise above it all graduate from high school and do well in college while others are defeated by the time they enter adolescence lies at the essence of this work   Jonathan Kozol is the author of Death at an Early Age Savage Ineualities and other books on children and their education He has been called “today’s most elouent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised” But he believes young people speak most elouently for themselves and in this book so full of the vitality and spontaneity of youth we hear their testimon. I often like to read the books written by social activists Jonathan Kozol at the start of a new school year partly for inspiration partly to remind me why I am so dedicated to the teaching profession and partly to marvel at how lucky I have been This book has been waiting on one of my side tables for several months now I don't know what kept me from reading it maybe fear that he'd return to the children to which he had introduced his readers in earlier books and find that there were few success stories maybe because I had a lot of other material to read But I'm glad I finally got around to this book the title of which should have reminded me that there is hope While many of the stories he shares do not have happy endings and prompt anger at a system that seems to have little regard for the poor while also evoking sadness over some of the choices made by children and their parents he also tells stories that describe how some of the children living in the Bronx made it through college and how some of their successes in all other ways some being successful simply through surviving and managing to retain their human ness and their kindness Throughout each story there are common themes involving family and the nurturing of other adults the disparity among schools and educational experiences the grindingly bleak daily existence that must be eked out when one's home or living conditions offer no sanctuary Over and over on every page in this book in every book that he writes Kozol reminds his readers that something must change While I closed the book with feelings of hope that each of us can make small changes I also wondered at the size of the task that lies ahead and how so many incompetent teachers can be allowed to fill school buildings and so many politicians or slumlords be allowed to do as they please When and how will this change Although Kozol lovingly describes many of his interactions with the families he met decades ago and still knows I wonder what the cost to him has been As he always does he has left me with uestions and a need to search my own heart about these issues

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Fire in the Ashes   In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner city children he has known for many years Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace and to the children he has vividly portrayed to share Fire in PDFEPUB or with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood   For nearly fifty years Jonathan has pricked the conscience of his readers by laying bare the savage ineualities inflicted upon children for no reason but the accident of being born to poverty within a wealthy nation A winner of the National Book Award the Robert F Kennedy Book Award and countless other honors he has persistently crossed the lines of class and race first as a teacher then as the author of tender and heart breaking books about the. It takes all the way to the Epilogue to hear Kozol’s message that he has been honing through 25 years of interviews with children of urban poverty “Charity and chance and narrow selectivity are not the way to educate the children of a genuine democracy” I agreeUnfortunately this comes after of book of revisiting many children he has introduced to us over the past several decades some with sad and fully expected derailments and others like “Pineapple” and “Jeremy” who have achieved academic breakthroughs despite coming from “neighborhoods of widespread destitution” principally because of charity and chance By not giving his readers this message frame this book as his others can reinforce a very different and debilitating message Jonathan Kozol has been called America’s premier chronicler of life among children of societal neglect Though we tend to forgive Kozol’s aren’t I empathetic style and his I have a relationship with these poor kids tone I do believe that his style and tone have contributed to a response to his stories that is at conflict with his central hope these kids deserve better Notice how many failed Colleges of Education he has been invited to addresscommiserate with or in how many “post modern” navel gazing Education courses his books are assigned readingIn fact I have seenheard too many use Kozol as a justification that because of their circumstances we can’t expect as much from these kids “Developmentally Appropriate” is the guise of denying stimulationexpectation because these kids are so unfortunate This is in the face of research that shows that these kids are than capable of succeeding academically without do gooder props or preference There is a stronger relationship to their success with our especially teachers’ expectations than with the children of poverty’s capabilitiesIt doesn’t have to be the minority of Kozol’s kids who succeed And here is where Kozol is pitch perfect we should not “celebrate exceptionality of opportunity” but rather we can achieve transformative outcomes irrespective of ethnic or economic background for all children if we “give to every child the feast of learning that is now available to children of the poor only on the basis of careful selectivity or by catching the attention of empathetic people like the pastor of a church or another grown up who they meet by chance”