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. Whose voices does Kozol say were missing from summit conferences on education, severe reports, and ominous prescriptions?

2. What song does the group of children in the Villa Griffin homes say they sing after the flag pledge?

3. Why was Kozol fired from his teaching job in the urban Boston school?

4. In what year was the ruling in Brown v. Board of Education made?

5. Why does Du Sable High School's principal have a hard time retaining young teachers at his school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does Kozol describe the township of Sauget?

4. How does the judge respond to the class-action suit filed by the parent's of Raymond Abbot?

5. How does Kozol describe the neighborhoods in which the urban schools he visited were located?

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

7. Describe PS 79.

8. Why does Kozol think that inner city problems would not be totally solved by better schools?

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

10. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Kozol has his class read Langston Hughes poem, A Dream Deferred. Based on Kozol's interviews, how does this poem apply to the lives of the children Kozol visits in the urban public school systems? Why would their dreams be deferred? What happens to those students whose dreams are deferred? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In the Forward of the book, Kozol refers to the Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. What is the significance of the Brown v. Board decision? According to the book, how has the school system remained the same since the judgment? What changes have been made since the Brown v. Board decision? 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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