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"Kozol...has assembled facts, rebuttals, and proposals-in an emotionally potent, ethically charged package."-Kirkus.

Table of Contents

pt. 1. Invisible minority : the growing crisis of illiterate America — A third of the nation cannot read these words — Matters of equivocation : dangers of the numbers game --The price we pay — The human cost of an illiterate society — The disenfranchised : silent and unseen — What is not being done? — The pedagogic time bomb : the children of nonreaders — Breaking the cycle : the mandate for a national response — Summer 1983 — pt. 2. A plan to mobilize illiterate America — The myth of impotence : what should be done? — Unearthing seeds of fire : a plan to mobilize illiterate America — Oral history : the people speak their word — Cause for celebration (when the people speak, the nation sometimes has a chance to hear) — pt. 3. Beyond utility — Technological obsession — The obligation of the universities — Beyond utility : literacy redefined — Borders — Inscriptions — Afterword : the prospects for the generation now in public school.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Kozol, Jonathan

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Education » Teaching » Reading
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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