Jonathan Kozol GLIR Event Draws Overflow Audience

| September 26, 2012

Kozol said he wishes teachers “every blessing in a job that’s never yet been given the respect that it should command.”

Monday night’s lecture by Jonathan Kozol, School of Education 2012 Global Leader in Residence, drew a crowd of close to 1,000 people to┬áthe Loretto-Hilton Center on Webster University’s home campus in St. Louis.

That audience included representatives from Webster’s metropolitan, military and international campuses around the globe, all of them in St. Louis this week attending Webster’s Worldwide Directors’ Summit and CRC Conference.

Following his lecture, Kozol signed books for nearly two hours.

Kozol discussed the state of public education in the U.S., drawing examples from his newest book, Fire in The Ashes, which profiles the poverty-stricken children he has been following for many years.

Now young men and women, some did not recover from the battering of their early life, but many more fought back with determination to become contributors to society.

One of the survivors whose story Kozol shared was a girl named Pineapple who is currently a college senior with plans to become a teacher so she can help children like she was succeed.

“Life is short; use it well,” Kozol said, closing his remarks.

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