Savage inequalities reading & reflection
Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools is a book written by Jonathan Kozol in 1991 that discusses the disparities in education between schools of different classes and races. It is based on his observations of various classrooms in the public school systems of East St. Louis, Chicago, New York City, Camden, Cincinnati, and Washington D.C.. His observations take place in both schools with the lowest per capita spending on students and the highest, ranging from just over $3,000 in Camden, New Jersey to a maximum expenditure of up to $15,000 in Great Neck, Long Island.
In his visits to these areas, Kozol illustrates the overcrowded, unsanitary and often understaffed environment that is lacking in basic tools and textbooks for teaching. He cites the large proportions of minorities in the areas with the lowest annual budgets, despite the higher taxation rate on individuals living in poverty within the school district.
You will read an excerpt from Savage Inequalities. For this writing assignment:
- Download the Savage Inequalities.pdf.
- Summarize in your own words the following from the article:
- Irl Solomon’s history class
- Jennifer’s views on schools in poor area (Bronx & East St. Louis)
- Contrast East St Louis with the school in Rye, New York
- After your summary, include your own perspective/opinion about this article. For example, given your experience do you think in the past 20 years anything has changed in our system? If so, what? If not, why have things remained the same?
You should submit a 2 page double-spaced document written in 12 point font for this assignment. Remember that you must have a Turnitin score, and it must be under 30%, for credit on this assignment. Make sure to remove the questions from your submission (just number your answers).
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