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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 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 children he Jonathan Kozol follows the lives of children he met 10 20 years ago living in homeless shelters or poor neighborhoods in New York These stories alternate between inspirational and heartbreaking but it's mostly just heartbreaking It shouldn't be surprising but children who spend their formative years hungry and homeless in poor violent neighborhoods with terrible schools often do not turn out to be healthy well adjusted adults It could easily seem exploitative to write about these children and their parents but Jonathan Kozol has an incredible amount of compassion and respect for the people he writes about and I get the impression that not only does he really care about them but they in turn really care about him The children who do go on to succeed in this book are able to do so only because of luck Luck that they were born intelligent luck that their parents were loving healthy and alive luck that some outsider cared enough about them to try to help them luck that they managed to even make it to adulthood without being killed This is great and these kids should be celebrated for their hard work because they certainly wouldn't have made it without a great deal of hard work But hard work is not enough to help anyone without luck What about the others? The book is best summed up by this uote from the epilogueCharity and chance and narrow selectivity are not the way to educate children of a genuine democracy

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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 society  ? 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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Book ✓ Fire in the Ashes Í 368 pages Download Õ Hannahredhead ã    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 childr? 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've read a selection from Kozol's book The Shame of the Nation in an ENGL 101 anthology from which I teach It's a powerful excerpt so I figured that since I've been tasked with teaching a new class fall 2016 ENGL 100 I would do a couple of non fiction journalismessay type books to get my students reading and engaged with big topics Fire in the Ashes was the best book I found to really jump into Kozol's work It covers from 1985 to 2012 Kozol follows and does his best to keep in contact with families that often started in what sounds like the world's worst building located across the street from Macy's and a block over from 5th Ave in New York City To my knowledge homeless families were stuck in these buildings that were owned by the most awful of slumlords who would encourage women to have sex with the guards or him for protection Children missed school were exposed to drugs were robbed or shot at and played in garbageMost families were then placed in homes in the Bronx where things were no better The first section of Kozol's book describes families with a child who did not make it stories that ended in death Just when you think the whole book is going to cripple your nerves from guilt and shame and sorrow section two tells the stories of children who did become successful Fire in the Ashes humanizes the homeless and the poverty and laughable excuse for schools that people endured after they were placed in permanent homes One story that touched me in particular was when a woman described how she would know when she was happy againI pray she said for something that I haven't done in thirteen yearsKozol asked her what it wasTo pick up my knitting needles she repliedA soft smile lighted up her eyes I used to make a sweater in three weeks if I had nothin' to upset me I'd start when it was summertime and I'd have six sweaters made for Christmas If you ever see me get my needles out again you'll know I'm feelin' happyAnother story that stood out was of a man named Pietro who recognized the sualor of the building in which the homeless were stashed It cost so little to have that he kept a duck in the room in which he and his children livedI know he said it seems a little crazy for us to keep a duck in the apartment But the children love him and the neighborhood is so depressing and they have so little I just want them to remember that they're children Pietro works hard to keep in contact with Kozol The author loses track of many families and individuals because it is common for the homeless or those living in extreme poverty like the families he grew to know to move freuently or have their phones turned off Therefore it's on the part of the individuals to keep in contact with Kozol Pietro was one of those people Kozol describes how Pietro's letters began typically on a long and crowded page would continue on another page if he had another piece of paper and then on smaller scraps of paper or the backs of envelopes or whatever other bits of paper he might have It really hit me though I'd read about the bullets and gangs and drugs and rape and children being robbed for their food at knife point it was when Pietro never had than 1 2 pieces of paper that I realized just how poor poor can get most likely because I relate to paper and can't fathom the rampant violence Fire in the Ashes was the perfect read to follow Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed While Ehrenreich mentions housing issues and her co workers struggling to keep their families together I didn't get the full feel of it Kozol fills in this other part of the working poors' lives and together the experience was hard hitting I'm pretty excited to teach both books this coming fall