Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools Test | Final 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. According to the principal, how much does Woodrow Wilson spend yearly on each student?

2. According to Harper, how does her teacher punish the children?

3. Why does one of the psychiatrists that Kozol speaks to believe many whites think more money will not help inner city schools?

4. What does Kozol say Camden's entire property wealth of $250 million is less than the value of?

5. According to Thurston, why are poor people in Washington, D.C. willing to accept a dual system of public education?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Joe Clark? What role did he play in the New Jersey public school system?

2. How does the court ultimately rule in the class-action suit filed in 1981 by parents of school children in East Orange, Camden, Irvington, and Jersey City? What is the reaction of wealthier tax payers?

3. Describe PS 79.

4. How are test scores in math and reading determined? How do the determination of these scores affect children in poor schools?

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

6. Describe PS 261.

7. How does Kozol describe the situation at Asbury Park and Irvington?

8. Name three specific examples of overcrowding in New Jersey public schools.

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

10. What resources do the teachers at Pyne Point Junior High lack? How do the teachers improvise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book Savage Inequalities depicts the inequalities that exist in the nation's public schools. What two problems seem to be common among the school systems that Kozol describes in the book? Describe these two problems and why they are considered problems. What suggestions would you make to improve these problems? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Kozol points out that racial discrimination is the cause of many of the inequalities that exist in the public school system. However, some of the individuals that he interviews think that it's a socioeconomic issue and not a race issue. Based on the book Savage Inequalities, are the problems that exist in urban public schools caused by racial discrimination, socioeconomic status, or both. Why? Provide at least three detailed reasons for your answer. Please use specific examples from the book.

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