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Prisoners Of Silence: Breaking The Bonds Of Adult Illiteracy In The United States

Kozol, Jonothan

Published by Continuum, 1980
ISBN 10: 0826400051 / ISBN 13: 9780826400055
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Title: Prisoners Of Silence: Breaking The Bonds Of ...

Publisher: Continuum

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.


New York. 1980. Continuum. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 113 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Vikki Sheatsley. Signed by The Author. 0826400051. keywords: Education Illiteracy. inventory # 23653. FROM THE PUBLISHER - PRISONERS OF SILENCE is a book about those millions of American adults who cannot read or write. The very fact that estimates as to the number of such victims of mass ignorance and miseducation range from a minimum of twenty million to a high of sixty-four million serves only to emphasize the dimensions of our national indifference to a problem which is incalculable in terms of private grief, personal anguish, and economic waste. Jonathan Kozol-who first came to national attention with the publication of DEATH AT AN EARLY AGE, winner of a National Book Award in 1968-now turns his attention from the children of poverty to the parents of these children, from those who have been prisoners of inferior and archaic public schools to those who are locked into a far more frustrating, more final, and more formidable bondage by their inability to write or understand the printed word. Unlike many others who have merely described the problem of adult illiteracy, Kozol here offers a number of specific, original, and workable recommendations. In the final event, his book is nothing less than a full-scale plan of battle which would mobilize, when fully implemented, as many as five million ‘literacy workers,’ some of them no older than fifteen, others well over sixty-five. In its earlier drafts, the book has been the subject of prolonged discussion and debate within community agencies, literacy centers, academic study groups, and national conferences of concerned citizens. In this sense PRISONERS OF SILENCE is a group-effort reflecting a consensus of people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and it is an effort that will enlist and command the attention of all Americans concerned for the future of their country. Jonathan Kozol has devoted himself, for well over a decade, to issues related to poverty, race, and education. The author of five books, recipient of a National Book Award, Mr. Kozol helped found one of the nation’s earliest ‘Free Schools,’ and lives in the same racially mixed neighborhood of Boston which has been his home for fifteen years. He is a graduate of Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford. . Bookseller Inventory # 23653

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