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 year did Kozol begin teaching in Boston?

2. According to Bonita Brodt, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, who is the president in the textbooks that the students are reading at Goudy Elementary School?

3. How many teachers did Kozol's students in the urban Boston school have before he was assigned to teach their class?

4. What are the major industries in Sauget besides the chemical plants?

5. How does the Post-Dispatch describe East St. Louis, Illinois?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Milliken v. Bradley case's appeal to Supreme Court.

2. Describe PS 79.

3. How does Coral Hawkins stand out from most of the teachers Kozol meets at Mary McLeod Bethune School?

4. Describe PS 261.

5. Compare Coral Hawkins to the gospel teacher at Mary McLeod Bethune School.

6. What type of health issues exist in East St. Louis? Why do these illnesses exist?

7. What problems do highly selective schools create in New York? Why do they create these problems?

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

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

10. According to Kozol, what does the local school board control? How can the school board exercise real control over matters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jonathan Kozol says that he wrote Savage Inequalities so that the voices of the children that attend public schools in America could be heard. In your opinion, what audience did Kozol want to read this book? Who was his target audience? Did he write his book for teachers, administrators, state leaders, government officials, etc? Why do you think he wrote the book for the audience that you have identified? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In his interviews, Kozol asks several individuals what they think is the answer to better schools. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, what are some of the ways to better schools? How can these ways be implemented in the schools/communities? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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