(Kindle) [Savage Ineualities Children In America's Schools] author Jonathan Kozol
Price Hill has ever been admitted there Few of these children in any case wold have the preparation to compete effectively on the exams that they wold have the preparation to compete effectively on the exams that they have to take in order to get inIn fact my dad lived in a white very poor inner city Cincinnati neighborhood on Eastern Avejust like Lower Price Hill as a child He is 82 now I am not sure where he went to elementary school but hopefully I
#can find out He did indeed take the exam to get into #find out He did indeed take the exam to get into Hills at his mother s insistence even missing a beloved baseball game in order to ride the bus to Walnut Hills on a Saturday morning to take the exam He passed the exam and attended Walnut Hills for 3 years claiming that it changed his life At that time Walnut Hills was basically a classical school where he learned Latin logic and rhetoric Everyone nows that this is a masterpiece If you ever found yourself trying to argue with someone who believes that money does not matter in schools and that urban schools need tough leaders to getthemselves together then read this book It tears this argument into scraps Also it helps to debunk the myth that Hollywood sells of dedicated teachers who work magic in the classroom Schools need resources like buildings and classroom materials Teachers just need to be not evil before anything else True it takes talent but too much pressure is on teachers today partly as a result of this myth FIRST IMPRESSIONIs this just going to be Mama Might Be Better Off Dead The Education ChapterHALFWAY THROUGHAnswer to the uestion above yes Look Mr Kozol I m not anti expose but I hate being confronted with a tragic and intractable problem to which the author presents no viable solution Sure it s important and crucial to acknowledge the ineuities to publicize them But Kozol s hortatory exclamations of yes let s eualize the money do little if anything at all toward building the public and political will to make that a realistic goal Kozol wants out of the system completely and understandably so It s an unfair system that puts the power in the hands of those who have lived in the lap of luxury who have no interest in lifting up those who have not People like me for instance I went to public school in Great Neck one of the communities Kozol repeatedly cites villifies for its astronomical expenditures per student But you can t so easily opt out of the system Self interest is too powerful And if you can t opt out and you can t present a viable solution within the system then what have you accomplished I m hoping Kozol presents an answer somewhere in the rest of this bookALMOST DONE BUT SO GOD DAMN FRUSTRATEDOk Mr Kozol You want to be blunt That s great I ll be blunt tooAll the excuses that we rich Great Neck folks present in opposition to cross busing or eualization of funding the bullshit argument that money doesn t matter or the racist one that Those People are lacking in family values or the pretextual one that local control is important are just that excuses What our real argument is Why should our money even if it s an inheritance to which we we winners in this race feel entitled go to improve your Education in a New Society kid s education Why should your self interest trump my self interest Ultimately we pay lip service to euality because once ahead it s not in our interest to aim for euality any Is Kozol saying that it is in our interest That it should be in our interest Is he saying screw our interest this is what s good for society And younow whatever he is saying doesn t make one iota of a difference because however troubled those who read his book will feel we will not be troubled enough into actionFINALLY DONEThis paragraph sums up neatly why the book is important but also supremely frustratingThere is a deep seated reverence for fair play in the United States and in many areas of life we see the conseuences in a genuine distaste for loaded dice but this is not the case in education health care or inheritance of wealth In these elemental areas we want the game to be unfair and we have made it so and IT WILL LIKELY SO REMAIN emphasis added A heart wrenching jeremiad about the sorry state of minority schools in this country Kozol has stated in interviews that we are worse off both in conditions and segregation than we were before Brown vs Board of Education That seems hyperbolic but after reading his observations here it s hard to argue A blistering attack on the use of local property taxes to fund schools it s also a sobering testament to the intractability of problems of class and race in America Should be reuired reading for libertarians and all those who wonder why ghetto ids don t just pull themselves up their own bootstraps It s a miracle anyone makes it out alive let alone succeed. Anger and indignation about how our public education system scorns so many of our children New York Times Book Revie. .
Important seminal book Class money matters New Trier is not Crane HS The separate but uneual treatment of Amerca s children through school funding is tragic criminal 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 now this side of America and I was struck deep in the gut by the stark description of the realities in the housing projects Every American should be reuired to read this book 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 ARTICLEit said an ABC article 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 ick 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 euipment bathroom stalls with no doors classrooms with leaking ceilings playgrounds 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 eeping rich district. National Book Award winning author Jonathan Kozol presents his shocking account of the American educational system