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Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America

Hour 1:           What happens to children born into the poorest communities of America once they come of age? We’ll find out this hour with National Book Award-winner Jonathan Kozol, who has followed the issue first as a teacher and then as a writer – for nearly five decades. His new book is “Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America” (Crown, 2012).


  • Barbara Kinstley

    In the 1970′s the superintendent of schools of the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD told a general meeting of the American Association of University Women that “a good teacher could teach 40 as easily as 4.” While the area was no Highland Park, during the time the man made that statement, Carrollton-Farmers Branch had a very high rating academically statewide.
    The same “educator” subsequently went on to join the staff of the education department of the University of Texas-Austin to teach administration.
    I thought the only appropriate response to his statement was Huh?
    Barbara Kinstley
    Carrollton, Texas
    P.S. I have been intrigued with Pineapple’s progress for several years.

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