Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Compare Baldwin's experience teaching in the urban school district in Boston and the suburban school district west of Boston.

In the urban school district, Baldwin had a crowded classroom and lacked some of the resources that they had at the suburban school. Kozol's urban class had not had a permanent teacher since the kindergarten and he was their thirteen teacher that year. The administration in the urban school system did not want their teachers to be innovative; they wanted them to stick to a strict curriculum for which Kozol had not received the list of approved poems. The suburban classroom had cheerful students and a principal that welcomed change and innovation.

2. Compare the two court decisions, Brown v. Board of Education and Plessy v. Ferguson.

The Plessy v. Ferguson decision was rendered in 1896 before Brown v.Board of Education. In the Plessy decision, the court accepted segregated institutions for black people, stipulating only that they must be equal to those open to white people. The Brown decision was not rendered until 1954. In this decision, the Supreme Court found that segregated education was unconstitutional because it was "inherently unequal."

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