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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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Amazing Grace - 1,266 words
The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation Currently there are about 600,000 people who live in the South Bronx and about 434,000 who live in Washington Heights and Harlem. This area makes up one of the most racially segregated areas of poor people in the United States. In this book we focus on Mott Haven, a place where 48,0000 of the poorest people in the South Bronx live. Two thirds of the people are Hispanic, one-third are black and thirty-five percent are children. There are nearly four thousand heroin users, and one-fourth of the women who are tested are positive for HIV. All of this and more in one little area of the South Bronx. In the middle of all this chaos and confusion ...
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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 - 861 words
They Cry. They Suffer. People Die. They Pray (131). Throughout Amazing Grace, a bestseller by Jonathon Kozol, I was torn between the feelings of hope and hopelessness. On one page I would be crying, on the next rejoicing. I found both despair and faith woven in the stories of the children from Harlem and the Bronx. These children, who were born into a life most of us couldnt begin to imagine, live in a constant roller coaster-type reality. There is so much danger in their lives, one has to wonder how they survive, physically and emotionally, from day to day. The hopelessness they encounter in their lives may lead to the hope they develop in their souls. Hopelessness is something that these c ...
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Amazing Grace - 1,919 words
At first glance, it seems that the author is going to take us on yet another journalistic ride through the land of the poor. Similar to the ones you read about, or hear in the news. However, this is not the case; the real underlying theme is what is society doing about the plight of the poor? Kozol uses the views of children to emphasize that these reports on living conditions are not being obtained by disgruntled adults, but from innocent children whose only misfortune was being born to this particular area. The author takes us from the seventh richest congressional district in the nation (being E 59th Street in New York City) to the poorest in the nation. A mere eighteen-minute ride by sub ...
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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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Economic Globalization - 1,300 words
... urt, anguish, and despair. Yet, shouldnt we strive to provide a good future for all? This concept of the most amount of good for the most amount of people is called Utilitarianism. Contrary to popular belief, the United States doesnt believe in such a state of being. Instead, through capitalism and economic globalization the United States has proven to believe in the exact opposite of utilitarianism. The United States has always been based on the principles of capitalism; however, the present economy is far from being the free enterprise system it was once envisioned as. The major change the United States made was directing the system away from competition. The result is a society domina ...
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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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Educational Inequality - 963 words
One of the most significant issues raised in public education in recent years is the radical difference that exists in funding levels between wealth and poor school districts. "Many states have allotted educational funding related to tax revenues, and this has determined a higher level of educational spending in wealthy neighborhoods and a much lower level of spending for inner-city poor and rural poor communities" (Frady 15). A number of states have considered and implemented plans for the equalization of school funding, but this has not come without considerable opposition. Though individuals in low-income neighborhoods areas have defined this equalization as a positive process for improvi ...
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