A very detailed history of education in poorer inner cities and the degradations it perpetuates. A very worthy exploration of how America has failed its citizens. It dovetails with my post on groupthink and cognitive dissonance. America is in deep denial about the structural problems we are experiencing.
Twenty-five years ago, author and activist Jonathan Kozol published what remains one of the most important examinations of educational inequity ever printed, Savage Inequalities. The book is a direct and searing look at how districts serving urban minority children suffered from segregation, inequitable funding, and crumbling facilities while serving student populations suffering the worst deprivations of poverty. It is a story of malign neglect where school funding based upon the value of a community’s property compounds the economic and environmental violence inflicted upon helpless children. Kozol criss-crossed the country from East St. Louis, Illinois to New York City, to Camden, New Jersey, to Washington, DC, examining schools and speaking with the students in them. What he reported should have shaken America to its core. Consider the following from East St. Louis:
East St. Louis – which the local press refers to as an “inner city without an outer city”…
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