Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools E–pub/Kindle

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  • Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools
  • Jonathan Kozol
  • English
  • 01 July 2019
  • 9780060974992

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Read Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools characters Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools 107 National Book Award winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking account of the American educational system i. Two cases of mothers lying about where they reside in order to get their young children into better school districts have made news recently In Ohio in January Kelley Williams Bolar was sentenced to 10 days in county jail and three years probation for enrolling her children in the Copley Fairlawn School District rather than Akron where she lived School officials said she was cheating because her daughters received a uality education without paying taxes to fund it said an ABC article Those dollars need to stay home with our students said officials with the Copley Fairlawn district which went to the trouble and expense of hiring a private investigator to film the mother driving her children into the district They demanded she pay 30000 in back tuition for four years of schooling When she refused she was indictedIn Connecticut in April Tanya McDowell a homeless single mother from Bridgeport is being charged with larceny and conspiracy for enrolling her 5 year old son in Norwalk schools fraudulently using a friend s address If convicted she could face 20 years in prisonJonathan Kozol wrote Savage Ineualities twenty years ago but obviously its lessons haven t taken hold Kozol described the vast funding disparities between rich and poor school districts in America due to the way public education is primarily or initially funded by local real estate taxes Local taxes on the value of homes and businesses in the district form the base of per student funding In the wealthiest districts this is freuently enough to operate an adeuate school system writes Kozol In poor districts because the properties are worth less tax revenues will be inadeuate and the state is supposed to kick in sufficient funds to raise the amount to a level approximately eual to the richest districts In practice this rarely happens which is why schools in rich districts are lavishly euipped teacher salaries are much higher class sizes are smaller textbooks are plentiful and up to date athletic facilities are abundant libraries are full of books bathrooms are clean and students white In poor districts the opposite is trueKozol tells tale after tale of deprivation A 16 year old South Bronx student in 1990 is facing final exams but because the school reuires students to pass in their textbooks one week prior to the end of the semester he is forced to study without math and English texts Another student says Most of the students in this school won t go to college Many of them will join the military If there s a war we have to fight Why should I go to war and fight for opportunities I can t enjoy for things rich people value for their freedom but I do not have that freedom and I can t go to their schools He writes of science classes with no lab euipment bathroom stalls with no doors classrooms with leaking ceilings playgrounds covered in broken glass schools next door to factories belching dangerous levels of pollution Bad teachers who are unwanted in better off schools are unloaded onto worse schools Everything conspires against euality and of course the children are the ones who are made to sufferKozol reminds me of Howard Zinn in the way he sees neutrality on an issue as pointless even detrimental The worlds that Kozol and Zinn looked at aren t neutral places Power structures and systemic ineuality are already in place children are born into them The uestion is do we do anything to ameliorate these ineualities or not Money doesn t solve education ineuities is a constant refrain of conservatives wealthier school districts some reformers the Wall Street Journal editorial pages Throwing money at poor poorly performing districts wouldn t do much if anything to improve them they argue Yet if anyone suggests redistributing school funds taking money from rich districts and giving it to poor districts the screaming moaning and wailing reach a fever pitch So it seems money does matter for rich districts just not for poor ones Local control is another buzzterm for keeping rich districts rich and poor districts poorKozol uotes President George HW Bush a product of the very expensive Phillips Andover Academy weighing in on education spendingMore spending on public education said the president isn t the best answer Mr Bush went on to caution parents of poor children who see money as a cure for education problems A society that worships money said the president is a society in perilParadoxically Kelley Williams Bolar and other parents like her are almost always paying taxes at a higher rate than their wealthier neighbors notes Kozol despite the school district s contention that Williams Bolar was cheating because her daughters received a uality education without paying taxes to fund it Poor inner city residents pay at higher rates but less of what they pay goes to education because so much of it goes to services like police and fire protectionEvery American ought to read this book Whether or not you have children whether or not they attend public school whether or not you pay real estate taxes you ought to read this book Published 20 years ago it remains profoundly relevant It informs current debates about education reform it ought to inform our opinions about the Michelle Rees and Wendy Kopps of the world Ree is the lavishly praised reformist former head of DC public schools Kopp the lavishly praised reformist creator of Teach for America Ree is now under something of a cloud for unsubstantiated claims on her resume and for a DC testing scandal Kopp has never really been able to substantiate with hard statistics all of the media praise TFA has gotten Children who fail in school who fail to learn who drop out have fewer and fewer jobs and opportunities available to them Increasingly they end up in prison where they cost us than if we d just spent the money to give them a safe school and a decent education Even if you care nothing about education you ought to read this book because the way we treat children whether ours or anyone else s defines who we are as humans

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Read Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools characters Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools 107 Anger and indignation about how our public education system scorns so many of our children New York Times Book Revie. I picked this book up while researching for my book since my protagonist grew up in the Bronx housing projects But Savage Ineualities ended up meaning so much and led to a big Jonathan Kozol reading spree Racial ineuality our apathy for the poor all such concepts that seemed distant became urgent and real for me Having grown up in India I have to admit I didn t know this side of America and I was struck deep in the gut by the stark description of the realities in the housing projects

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Read Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools characters Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools 107 N this stunning New York Times bestseller which has sold than 250000 hardcover copiesAn impassioned book laced with. A college professor of mine who i greatly admire once labeled Jonathan Kozol as a modern day prophet The idea is that he is a person willing to say things that most of us don t want to hear And that he is willing to say it starkly Its true Kozol does an excellent job in this book talking about a number of failing school systems in the country and then comparing them to thriving and well funded school systems very close by I read the book a long time ago but it still resonates and i still pick it up on occasion to read a chapter or two Most striking was the chapter on Cherry Hill and Camden NJ I mean the fact that districts can have such differences in wealth and be so close together well its shocking Growing up in Washington DC i knew this though its different when you realize that the problem is widespread and not just local Kozol is an excellent writer Its an easy read though his words don t leave you as uickly as they come If this is a topic that even remotely interests you i highly recommend