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On Savage Inequalities By Jonathan Kozol - 1,080 words
In his book Savage Inequalities Jonathan Kozol aimed to describe the conditions that prevail in some of Americas public schools. The facts he mentioned in the book were based on his personal experience after visiting a great number of schools in approximately 30 neighborhoods. The emphasis he did was that there was a significant disparity in conditions between the schools from the poor communities and those from wealthier ones. Kozol found such inequality outrageous, for a poor child when starting his education is deprived of many opportunities that are given to the children who attend the wealthier suburban schools. The differences like this should no way be present in the single state publ ...
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A Different Race - 1,316 words
Multiculturalism and Diversity Paper Have you ever wondered what it would be like growing up as another race or even going to school as another race? I believe that all children and people should be treated equal as stated in the constitution, however this does not occur in the world that we live in today. Today as educators we are tying to overcome diversity. According to A Framework for Culturally Responsive Teaching by Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg teachers have developed a comprehensive model of culturally responsive teaching, that accommodates the dynamic mix of race, ethnicity, class, gender, region, religion, and family that contributes to every students cultural ident ...
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Rachel And Her Children - 406 words
The first book I read was Rachel and Her Children, by Jonathan Kozol. The author created an image in the readers mind of the harsh circumstances and living conditions of todays homeless families. Through his personal encounters and interviews with these families he dramatizes the effects of the living conditions on the psychological and physical health of the homeless, especially the children and pregnant women. The author thought it seemed almost contradictory to call these people "homeless". Todays society has the common belief that the homeless are all alike and stereotype them as a drunken poor bum who is too lazy to work. Yet on page 57, Mr. Allesandro, a homeless person, clearly states ...
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Amazing Grace - 1,785 words
Introduction Jonathan Kozol's Amazing Grace is a book about the trials and tribulations of everyday life for a group of children who live in the poorest congressional district of the United States, the South Bronx. Their lives may seem extraordinary to us, but to them, they are just as normal as everyone else. What is normal? For the children of the South Bronx, living with the pollution, the sickness, the drugs, and the violence is the only way of life many of them have ever known. In this book, the children speak openly and honestly about feeling 'abandoned', 'hidden' or 'forgotten' by our nation, one that is blind to their problems. Studying the people themselves would only get us so far ...
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Violence In American Schools - 398 words
Violence has always in been schools for as long as anyone can remember. However, the days of small skirmishes in the hallway between two students are of the least of problems. Today students are much more hostile in schools, and every time the news hits the TV talking about another school shooting it makes everyone involved with schools paranoid, prejudice, and frightened. But what is even more frightening then the acts themselves is the question WHY?. Why did two teenage boys one day decide to go to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado and murder 15 people, while strapping down the school building with homemade explosives? What was going through those two teenage boys head? Why did ...
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Poverty - 724 words
By: dana E-mail: Most Americans are insulted from the poor; it is hard to imagine the challenges of poverty, the daily fears of victimization, the frustration of not being able to provide for a child. Poverty is something that not only effects adults, but children as well. When we think of poverty in America what is the image that comes to mind? An old dilapidated shack in southern Alabama? or a rat infested tenement house in New York City? According to the book Faces of Poverty, the author, Jill Berrick says that "Both images are correct, for poverty exists in the backwoods of Appalachia as well as in the heart of the inner city" (1). In homes across America poor parents are raising poor c ...
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