Friday, February 28, 2003

Selection panelists tout author's passion

'Inequalities' has ability to kick start education dialogue

The Cincinnati Enquirer

What members of the On the Same Page book selection committee say about Savage Inequalities:

Amanda Boyd

Deputy editor, Cincinnati magazine: "We wanted to select a title that would spark discussions about real issues facing Cincinnatians. Jonathan Kozol's passionate point of view should certainly provide fodder for any number of conversations."

Ray Cooklis

Enquirer editorial writer: "While not my choice for On the Same Page, Kozol's book could spark a productive, positive discussion on the changing role of public education in our nation and how best to achieve a goal that I hope we all share - providing every child with the intellectual tools to succeed in an increasingly complex society."

Richard Hunt

President and publisher, Emmis Books: "Living in a city where the November school levy failed by 600 votes, a citywide discussion of Savage Inequalities is the best way to address this crisis. Investing in the educational and development needs of Cincinnati's young people is the smartest approach for long-term success. Far more beneficial than any agenda spawned by a politician's self-interests or a taxpayer-financed stadium for an inept football team and a greedy owner, building up our schools would positively affect everyone.

"Taken to heart, this book would be the first step in creating job opportunities, raising the attractiveness for internal and external business expansion, enhancing living standards, and most of all, helping in the maturation and development of the next generation of civic leaders. If out of the discussion comes a community mobilization aimed at enriching education standards, then civic, economic and humanitarian benchmarks will follow this same upward path."

Mitchel D. Livingston

Vice president for student affairs and services, University of Cincinnati: "It is one of the most relevant books regarding challenges facing Cincinnati Public Schools. Unless we learn the lessons presented so dramatically by Kozol, another generation of our children will be trapped at the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder. If no child is to be left behind, we must move in a radically different direction. A starting point could be a vigorous dialogue among Cincinnatians about Savage Inequalities."

Carla Sarr

English and seminar teacher, Hughes Center: "I feel it touches upon the most important issues our city and our country face, or need to face: the education of our children and the effects of extreme economic disparity. I think there is important potential for learning together and for creating a healthier, happier city in this book and in On the Same Page."

David Siders

Reference librarian, Corryville branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: "Cincinnati is a city of neighborhoods, which represent a wide range of sociopolitical influences. Savage Inequalities encourages the reader to think about how people's lives vary greatly depending on the neighborhood in which he or she lives. The issues explored in Kozol's book are perfectly relevant to issues impacting the well being of all residents of Greater Cincinnati."

Jeri Tolliver

Program director, WDBZ-AM (1230): "Informative, though repetitious in terms of facts. The book will create a citywide dialogue on the disparities in public education and hopefully foster a desire in those who read the book to take an active role in changing the system by mentoring or volunteering. Others will say that parental responsibility, family values and hard work are the only ingredients for academic achievement despite the poor economic environment in which some children are raised. It will create discussion and focus the spotlight on Greater Cincinnati's public education system."

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