Double Vision

“Teachers in these schools must work, and know that they must work, within “the box” of segregated demographics and extreme inequities that Orfield has described; but in their temperaments and in their moral disposition many also stand outside that box, because they are aware of its existence, and this sense of double-vision, being part of something and aware of what it is at the same time, regenerates the energy they bring with them each morning to the very little place (one room, one set of chairs) in which they use what gifts they have to make the schoolday good and whole and sometimes beautiful for children.”

Jonathan Kozol in The Shame of the Nation

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