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'i Won't Learn From You'


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Foreword to the 1995 edition by Jonathan Kozol IX

Foreword by Colin Greer X

Preface XIII

Acknowledgements XVII

I Won't Learn From You I

The Tattoed Man: Confessions of a Hopemonger 33

Excellence, Equality, and Equity 89

Uncommon Differences: On Political Correctness,
Core Curriculum, and Democracy in Education 103

Creative Maladjustment and The Struggle for Public Education 127

About the Author

Herbert Kohl is one of the country's leading educators and the author of more than forty books, including the classic 36 Children. Recipient of the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, among others, he was founder and first director of the Teachers and Writers Collaborative and established the PEN West Center in San Francisco. Kohl lives in Point Arena, California.


Despite the social and economic despair that pervades many U.S. public schools, meaningful learning and teaching are nevertheless possible, declares famed educator Kohl. To overcome the ``massive rejection of schooling by students from poor and oppressed communities,'' Kohl ( 36 Chil dren ), in these five inspirational, optimistic essays, outlines teaching strategies designed to unlock students' energy, intelligence and drive by encouraging them to envision ways to improve their world. He believes that both teachers and students should cultivate ``creative maladjustment,'' channeling personal discontent into moral or political action. Kohl defends multiculturalist curricula as central to the struggle for fairness. Turning to higher education, he argues that issues of academic freedom and ``political correctness'' are used by neoconservatives to mask their desire to control ideas in the university and to push out ethnic and women's studies. (Apr.)

"There is more insight in these pages than in many longer works."
-The Progressive

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