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. Where is Camden ranked in terms of its number of poor people as compared to other states in the U.S.?

2. What does Thurston say black people did not understand regarding their children and the public education system in Washington, D.C. and those in the surrounding suburbs?

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

4. How many of the girls does the principal in Anacostia say will be pregnant by the fifth grade?

5. How low does Kozol report you can purchase a home for in North Camden?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do public schools in certain areas of New York suffer more than others?

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

5. Where does Delabian Rice-Thurston say the rich and middle class in Washington, D.C. try to send their children to school? Why don't the poor parents send their children to the same schools?

6. What does Tunisia, a student at Anacostia Elementary School, say that she would do if she had money? Why?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Kozol shows the financial differences between the amount that public urban schools spend per pupil and the amount that public suburban schools spend per pupil. Why do these differences exist? Why don't the parents of students attending poor urban schools fight the school board for school funding equal to that of the suburban public school systems? Please use specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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