Jonathan Kozol

About Jonathan Kozol

Who is it?: Educator & Non-Fiction Writer
Birth Day: September 05, 1936
Birth Place: Boston, United States
Occupation: Writer
Subject: Multicultural education, Critical theory, Education reform

Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol was born on September 05, 1936 in Boston, United States, is Educator & Non-Fiction Writer. Jonathan Kozol is best-known for his non-fiction accounts on public education in the United States. He is the author of the famous books, ‘Death at an Early Age’, ‘The Shame of the Nation’, ‘Savage Inequalities’ and ‘Fire in the Ashes’, among others. He has been working meticulously with children in various schools for around five decades. His books are usually centered on first-hand accounts of his experiences. His books are eye-openers and give insights to the readers about social problems such as segregated and inadequate schools, illiteracy and vagrancy. His works are both, powerful and climaxing, which have resulted in him winning a number of prestigious honors and accolades. He gave up his financially secure life and career, moved into a ‘Black’ neighborhood in America and began teaching and working closely with various academic communities. Since then, he has dedicated nearly whole of his life to providing equal opportunities in public schools for children of all races, colors and financial levels. He is currently one of the highly-respected education writers in the United States of America. Apart from his noble work in trying to get a more cohesive public education system, he is also an avid supporter of the ‘school voucher’ movement.
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Occupation Writers
Age 86 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 05, 1936 (Boston, United States)
Birthday September 05
Town/City Boston, United States
Nationality United States

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Born to Harry Kozol and Ruth (Massell) Kozol, Jonathan graduated from Noble and Greenough School in 1954, and Harvard University summa cum laude in 1958 with an A.B. in English literature. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford. He did not, however, complete his Rhodes, deciding instead to go to Paris to learn to write fiction and nonfiction from experienced authors such as William Styron, Richard Wright, and others who were living in Paris at the time. It was upon his return that he began to tutor children in Roxbury, MA, and soon became a Teacher in the Boston Public Schools. He was fired for teaching a Langston Hughes poem, as described in Death at an Early Age, and then became deeply involved in the civil rights movement. After being fired from Boston Public Schools, he was offered a position to teach at Newton Public Schools, the school district he attended as a child, and taught there for several years before becoming more deeply involved in social justice work and dedicating more time to writing.


Death at an Early Age, his first non-fiction book, is a description of his first year as a Teacher in the Boston Public Schools. It was published in 1967 and won the National Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion. It has sold more than two million copies in the United States and Europe.


Among the other books by Kozol are Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book award for 1989 and the Conscience-in-Media Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools, which won the New England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.


His 1995 book, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, described his visits to the South Bronx of New York City, the poorest congressional district in the United States. It received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996, an honor previously granted to the works of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr..


He published Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope in 2000 and The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America was released September 13, 2005. Kozol documents the continuing and often worsening segregation in public schools in the United States, and the increasing influence of neoconservative ideology on the way children, particularly children of color and poor children of urban areas, are educated.


For contributions and additional information on the Education Action Fund, see The Education Action Fund On the Contacts Page of Kozol’s website (

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