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. In what year was the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson rendered?

2. How much money does Kozol say is spent on each child attending a rich, white, public school around Chicago?

3. In what year did Kozol set off to visit schools and speak with children about education in urban areas?

4. What Supreme Court decision found that segregated education was unconstitutional because it was "inherently unequal"?

5. What statistic does Kozol give for the number of births in East St. Louis to single mothers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How the suburban public schools funded compared to the urban public schools?

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

4. 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?

5. Why, in most cities, do the influential people that Kozol meets show little inclination to address the segregation in the pubic school system?

6. Where does Kozol go on his journey to speak with students in the public school system? How does Kozol choose the schools that he visited?

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

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

9. How do many of the children know that they are receiving an inferior education? What happens to many of the children after they realize they are receiving an inferior education?

10. Why is employment limited in East St. Louis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Racial discrimination is a major theme in the book Savage Inequalities. What reasons does Kozol give for racial discrimination being the reason that poor urban schools receive less funding? Why does Kozol think the inequalities have more to do with race than with economics? Do you agree with Kozol's reasons for why the inequalities exist at poor urban schools? Why or why not? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Why is it hard for urban public schools to retain young teachers? Where do the young teachers end up teaching? What changes should the school system to make in order to recruit and retain young teachers? Because the urban school system has many aging teachers, what future issues may arise as the teachers start to near retirement age? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Kozol visits schools where teachers and administrators admit to sending their children to schools other than the one where they teach. What reasons do they give for sending their children to other schools? What is the significance of teachers at poor inner city schools sending their children to suburban public schools or more affluent urban public schools? What theme does this represent? Please use specific examples from the book.

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