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 Kozol, what statistic does New York find hard to track?

2. According to Kozol, what is the estimated worth of the education a child receives in the suburbs of New York?

3. What business entities exist in Camden but do not pay taxes?

4. What does Kozol say the high math and reading test scores in America are based on?

5. What type of industry was Camden famous for at one point?

Short Essay Questions

1. What similarity exist between selective schools in New York and Chicago?

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

3. Describe PS 79.

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

5. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

10. What three Supreme Court justices wrote dissents for the Milliken v. Bradley case? Why did each dissent?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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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