Jonathan Kozol's The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
As things stand today, the children in the schools we have examined in this book are not protected by their nation. Yet they are expected in school to perform at national standards, are graded on what are, in fact, no less than national exams that measure their success or failure according to nationally determined norms, are expected to vote someday in national elections, compete for earnings in a national job market and, because of their race and poverty, are far more likely than most other citizens to imperil their lives by serving in our nation’s wars. The illegitimacy of the uneven social contract by which they are bound invites a more aggressive scrutiny than it can be accorded in the courts of separate states. These children are not citizens of Illinois, New York, or California. They are (most of them are, at least) the citizens of the United States; yet the flag that hangs above their classrooms and their schools does not defend their interest where it comes to preparation for adulthood in their nation, and the words of the pledge we ask them to recite can only mock their actual experience.
"We do not have the things you have," the third grade child named Alliyah told me when she wrote to ask if I would come and visit at her school in the South Bronx. "Can you help us?" America owes that little girl and millions like her a more honorable answer than they have received.
-Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”— Lawrence Krauss
“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—Steve Jobs (via paintyhands)
“Here. You are at the beginning of something. At the exact
beginning. Ok. This is awakening
number two in here, in this poem. Then there are
these: me: you: you there. I’m actually staring up at
you, you know, right here, right from the pool of this page.
Don’t worry where else I am, I am here. Don’t
worry if I’m still alive, you are.”—Jorie Graham, from “Dawn Day One (Dec 21 ‘03)” (via proustitute)
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