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What are your opinions about these solutions to problems of inequity? I don't subscribe to the fashionable notion these days that all our schools are failing.

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All they need to do is visit a school with IBMs; a school where the roof doesn't leak; a school that is surrounded by green lawns, where the architecture and atmosphere of the school entice people to feel welcome; a school in which the prosperity of the school creates the relaxed atmosphere in which the teachers feel free to innovate, which they seldom do under the conditions of filth and desperation.

As soon as Kozol begins leading the way through a procession of overcrowded, underheated, textbookless, barely taught classrooms, the thought he surely intended to engender begins to take form: Because you tried to teach Robert Frost and Langston Hughes and they weren't in the curriculum?

I chose that title because I was sick of powerful people suggesting that there was some kind of essential savagery in poor black children in America. The news media seem to "blame the victim" portraying the people who live in ghettos as dangerous fools who spend too much on expensive tennis shoes and jewelry.

Later, at the mission, Sister Julia tells me this: She lives by Thoreau's epigrammatic suggestion, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. An inch-deep residue of fouled water still remains. And that's not a very significant gain. Camden has almost the highest property tax rate in New Jersey.

Kozol tells tale after tale of deprivation. They vote against taxation to increase citywide police protection and then hire expensive private security for their condominium. My entire education was in English literature at Harvard and Oxford, and I got into teaching quite by accident.

Louis lies in the heart of the American Bottoms—the floodplain on the east side of the Mississippi River opposite St. What are your opinions about these solutions to problems of inequity?

Kozol swings around to San Antonio where he begins by claiming that Americans hesitate to directly discriminate against other people's children because this would make them feel guilty. The sewage, which is flowing from collapsed pipes and dysfunctional pumping stations, has also flooded basements all over the city.

Bush went on to caution parents of poor children who see money "as a cure" for education problems. It's not just that tracking damages the children who are doing poorly, but it also damages the children who are doing very well, because, by separating the most successful students—who are often also affluent, white children—we deny them the opportunity to learn something about decency and unselfishness.

Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremes was widening—and it has widened since. There are kids at such schools whose individuality is not adequately respected. The stark contrasts of physical surroundings and learning environments—in cities and states from St.

Blaming teaching methods or parental involvement for the horrible problems in segregated schools is easier than raising money and finding solutions.

Savage Inequalities

This doesn't help the school, but it gets him on the cover of magazines. When I was a teacher, tracking had been thoroughly discredited. As Kozol travels from East St. At last Kozol sees that when white children are impoverished and discriminated against, their schools are poor, too. The year ended with my being fired.

Savage Inequalities

Local taxes on the value of homes and businesses in the district form the base of per-student funding. But the construction was not done correctly. Board of Educationand Plessy v. There's no possible way to explain it other than pure racism.

Louis to Detroit, New Jersey to Texas—bring home a startling realization of just how different school can be for poor and minority-race children as opposed to middle-class and white children. I encourage more site-based management, but to me that's a secondary issue.

Some say that the real problem is not equity but excellence. If you go there at night you see this orange-brownish smoke belching out of the smokestacks descending on the city.This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz on Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol.

Inthe author, Jonathan Kozol, is a young man who works as a teacher. Jonathan Kozol received the National Book Award for Death at an Early Age, the Robert F.

Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

Kennedy Book Award for Rachel and Her Children, and countless other honors for Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, The Shame of the Nation, and Fire in the Ashes. He has been working with children in inner-city schools for nearly fifty years. I first read Kozol's Savage Inequalities in a college education course, and I remember that what I read left me confused, sickened, and hoping for change.

That was about 10 years ago--and Kozol's book was written 10 years before that/5. Dec 22,  · Among his other major works are Rachel and Her Children, a study of homeless mothers and their children, which received the Robert F.

Kennedy Book Award, and Savage Inequalities, which was a. In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools.

Read An Excerpt Also by Jonathan Kozol. All About Jonathan Kozol •• Kozol first came to attention in Kozol first came to attention in Death at an Early Death at an Early AgeAge-- Documents his experiences as a substitute teacher Documents his experiences as a substitute teacher in the Boston school the .

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