College Essay

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As I was reading “Savage Inequalities” by Johnathan Kozol I noticed that there are many very drastic and unfair social equalites that exist. These inequalities exist not only in our societies, but within our schooling systems also. In the book, Johnathan Kazol visits two very different schools in two very different areas. One of the schools is in a very poor, broken down, decrepit, dangerous area. The other school is in a very nice upper class, priveledged community with yearly reonvations and new additions of technology. Johnathan Kazol is equally outraged by the grown inequality, in public education, between rich and poor. Poor children, and especially poor children of color, he finds, are being increasingly written off as expandable, and any attempts to educate them are being seen as doomed to failure. For two years, Jonathan Kozol visited America's public schools, especially those in its large cities. He spoke with teachers, students, principals and superintendents, as well as with city officials, newspaper reporters and community leaders. The result of his work is the book Savage Inequalities, a searing expose of the extremes of wealth and poverty in America's public school system and the blighting effect it has on poor children. What suprised Kozol most was the remarkable degree of segregation he found nearly everywhere he went, and the fact that no public official, in any school district, questioned this. He begins his study in East St. Louis, Illinois, a city so poor and devastated that it has had to lay off 84% of its city work force and cannot afford regular garbage pick-up. It is a city where raw sewage regularly backs up into the homes of its residents and into yards where children play; and where nearby chemical plants pollute the air and soil with lead, arsenic and mercury. It is a city so rundown that burned-out

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