Monday October 12, 2009

Education Reformer to Speak

Author of The New York Times' bestseller "The Shame of the Nation" will give a free, public talk Nov. 4 about how the American education system is undergoing resegregation.

An author who visited nearly 60 public schools and found conditions have grown worse for inner-city children since Brown v. Board of Education dismantled segregated schools will visit the University of Dayton Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Public school resegregation is a "national horror hidden in plain view," Jonathan Kozol wrote in The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. The book hit The New York Times' best-seller list in its first week of publication.

Kozol will appear as part of the University's Distinguished Speakers Series. His talk, at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Union ballroom, is free and open to the public. Kozol will hold a book-signing after his talk.

According to a Publisher's Weekly review of the book, Kozol argues that school segregation is still the rule for poor minorities. These schools lack the basics: clean classrooms, hallways and restrooms; up-to-date books in good condition; and appropriate laboratory supplies. Kozol, and the like-minded politicians, educators and advocates he seeks out, believe a new civil rights movement will be necessary to eradicate it.

Kozol also has written Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools, Death at an Early Age, Rachel and Her Children and Illiterate America. Death at an Early Age received the 1968 National Book Award in science, philosophy and religion. Rachel and Her Children, a study of homeless mothers and their children, received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for 1989.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.