Savage Inequalities: Children In America's Schools



Imagine sending your children to a school such as the schools in East St. Louis, where they are overpopulated, under-staffed, under-supplied, and well below safety standards. Well, this may be a nightmare for some parents, but unfortunately, this is a reality for many others; primarily those whom live in low, socio-economic, urban areas. The majority that face this problem, according to Jonathan Kozol are the blacks and Hispanics. Who would have thought that the inequality of schools for children would still exist today?
Jonathan Kozol's, Savage Inequalities, exposes on the extremes of wealth and poverty in American's public schools and the effect it has on poor children. The schools ...

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and keeping young teachers is a struggle because of lower salaries than what is offered at schools in the suburbs. Kozol points out that politics play an important role in how monies are distributed. He states that: "In Illinois, as elsewhere in America, local funds for education raised from poverty taxes are supplemented by state contributions and by federal funds, although the federal contribution is extremely small, constituting only 6 percent of the total school expenditures" (Kozol 56). Children living in the poorer districts, usually minorities are simply ignored. The difference in the type of education an individual receives according to where he/she lives, amount of income, and race, is the message Kozol transfers to his readers.
However, it is Kozol's intention to horrify, in order to make the point that these vast disparities in quality of education are caused by racism. Nearly 40 years after Brown vs. Education, many U.S. schools are still separate, but no longer ...

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