Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the racial makeup of 98 percent of the population in East St. Louis?

2. What major difference did Warren Franczyk, principal at Mary McLeod Bethune School, say existed between Mary McLeod Bethune School in North Lawndale and the magnet schools that the city runs?

3. What does the school board in Dearborn Park do that they think constitutes as making school choice equally accessible?

4. What types of educational options had been proposed in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Detroit?

5. According to Kozol, which buildings in East St. Louis are the nicest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does Irl Solomon give for young teachers not staying at Martin Luther King Jr. High?

2. Why does the author think that many wealthy people think it is okay if poor children receive fewer advantages?

3. Describe PS 79.

4. How does Kozol describe the D.C. school system?

5. How do states subvert local control? Why do states decide to subvert local control?

6. How does Kozol describe the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?

7. What problem exists at Lathrop Elementary School, and what is the source of this problem?

8. Define the term "local control." What is the difference between local control and state control?

9. How do the children attending public schools in the suburbs of New York that Kozol interviews feel about sharing funding and resources with children at urban public schools?

10. What financial cuts are proposed for the schools in East St. Louis? Why do cuts have to be made to the schools in East St. Louis? Who is responsible for making the cuts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter 6 is entitled, The Dream Deferred, Again, in San Antonio. What dream was Kozol referring to and how was it deferred again? Who or what caused the dream to be deferred? Is there any way to save the dream from being deferred? If not, how could the dream be revitalized after being deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

According to Kozol, non-white leaders are often picked to solve local school problems. Why is it assumed that non-white leaders are the best candidate to solve the problems of local urban school systems? Who would be the best candidate(s) to solve the local school problems? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In the book's forward entitled, Looking Backward: 1964-1991, Kozol describes his teaching experience as an innovative teacher at an urban Boston public school. In later chapters, Kozol describes how other teachers try to be innovative despite their lack of resources. Give three detailed examples from the book Savage Inequalities of how teachers in the urban school districts Kozol visits are innovative with limited resources. How are these teachers innovative? Where do they find the resources to continue to be innovative? Please use specific examples from the book.

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