Seven-year-old Mickey sucks his thumb during the walk. The Christian Science Monitor. Local grade school children tell Kozol horror stories of family and friends who were murdered in violent encounters. Soil samples tested at residential sites in East St.
Black children are three times as likely as white children to be tracked into special-needs classes but only half as likely to be put in gifted programs. Kozol warns the reader, however, not to rely on the occasional outstanding individual teacher to cure the ills of inner-city schools.
In May, another health emergency develops.
I was shaken by that, particularly by the death of Michael Schwerner, since he was from a background very much like mine, middle-class Jewish family from the North. Louis, were first noticed, in the spring ofat a public housing project, Villa Griffin.
That is a persistent betrayal of the whole idea of equal opportunity in America. And that funding should all come from the collective wealth of our society, mainly from a steeply graduated progressive income tax. Most telling of all, almost every student in every dilapidated school is not white.
Louis with filth, decay and danger permeating mostly non-white schools. The year ended with my being fired. To show just how high are the barriers to learning arising from inadequate school funding, Kozol paints a bleak picture of severe overcrowding; dilapidated school buildings; a shortage of supplies and aids to learning; and teacher salaries too low to let a school either attract good teachers or do without substitute teachers.
I find that a very disturbing notion. Kozol argues that if that is the case, why not double the number of children in each white public school classroom?
Kozol finds this shocking in a town where every penny stock on Wall Street can be accounted for every day. The soil is so toxic with mercury, lead, and zinc, as well as arsenic from the factories, that the city has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in Illinois, the highest rate of fetal death, and also a very high rate of childhood asthma.
Kozol exposes lemons in American educational facilities in the same way Ralph Nader attacked Detroit automobile makers. When she slows the car beside a group of teen-age boys, one of them steps out toward the car, then backs away as she is recognized.
A visit to the East St.
We ought to finance the education of every child in America equitably, with adjustments made only for the greater or lesser needs of certain children. Somewhat older inbut no less passionate in his views, the author sees little progress since toward the goal of equal education for all.
To the east of the city lie the Illinois Bluffs, which surround the floodplain in a semicircle. Later, at the mission, Sister Julia tells me this: Well, when I visited there a couple of years ago, East St.
It was the spring of Louis was the poorest small city in America, virtually percent black, a monument to apartheid in America. I would like to see a more sweeping decentralization of school administration, but in saying that, I want to be very cautious. When nine-year-old Serena and her seven-year-old brother take me for a walk, however, I discover that our shoes sink into what is still a sewage marsh.
Relatively low teacher salaries, Kozol notes, often prevent inner-city schools from hiring the better teachers or from doing without ill-prepared substitute teachers. 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.
Student bodies of magnet schools remain mostly white. They never say that about the rich suburban school districts.
In the setting sun, the voices of the children fill the evening air. I would abolish the property tax as the basic means of funding and replace it, as I said before, by equitable funding for every American child deriving from a single federal source.
What about that argument? But they should not have that right within the public school system. And make sure that every child gets that for at least two years, every low-income child. Is money really the answer? How can this be?
Another says that school begins at noon.Within Within Savage InequalitiesSavage Inequalities •• Kozol argues that AmericaKozol argues that America’’s schools are more s schools are more segregated now then they.
Jonathan Kozol received the National Book Award for Death at an Early Age, the Robert F.
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.
On Savage Inequalities: A Conversation with Jonathan Kozol Marge Scherer We ought to finance the education of every child in America equitably, with adjustments made only for the greater or lesser needs of certain children. Oct 20, · Inin SAVAGE INEQUALITIES, Kozol, having visited inner-city schools in East St.
Louis, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, finds black and Hispanic schoolchildren to be isolated from white. Jonathan Kozol Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools is an intense expose of unjust conditions in educating America’s children.
Today’s society of living conditions, poverty, income, desegregation and political issues have forced inadequate education to many. Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools, which points to funding by the property tax as the main source of inequity, is a powerful but one-sided indictment; the .Download