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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 Wall Street Journal, what are the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?
2. According to Kozol, students in what racial group are more often categorized as retarded?
3. According to the principal, how much does Woodrow Wilson spend yearly on each student?
4. According to one teacher at Camden High School, what does the high school proficiency exam control?
5. How many districts are New York schools divided into?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Kozol describe the D.C. school system?
2. Why does Kozol think that inner city problems would not be totally solved by better schools?
3. Hoe does Kozol describe Camden, New Jersey?
4. 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?
5. How are test scores in math and reading determined? How do the determination of these scores affect children in poor schools?
6. What does Tunisia, a student at Anacostia Elementary School, say that she would do if she had money? Why?
7. How does Kozol describe the two worlds of Washington, D.C.?
8. 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?
9. How does Kozol describe the situation at Asbury Park and Irvington?
10. What resources do the teachers at Pyne Point Junior High lack? How do the teachers improvise?
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 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 does Kozol get mad at business leaders who have the capability to assist poor urban public schools? What do business leaders do to contribute to the systematic problems that exist in the public school system? How do legislators contribute to the problems that exist in the public school system? Please use specific examples from the book.
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