A searing, eye-opening expose of the inequality built into America's public education system, written by the National Book Award-winning author of Death at an Early Age and Rachel and Her Children. Kozol blames the disparity among public school systems on the local funding structure that ensures a direct connection between affluence of a community ...Read MoreA searing, eye-opening expose of the inequality built into America's public education system, written by the National Book Award-winning author of Death at an Early Age and Rachel and Her Children. Kozol blames the disparity among public school systems on the local funding structure that ensures a direct connection between affluence of a community and the quality of its children's education. (Education)Read Less
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This book uncovers some of the inequalities in our US School systems where the influential have better schools and the low income have gutted out schools with little or no support of the school system. It is interesting to me that we spend more money overseas than help our own children in the US. Great book!
Publishers Weekly, 1991-08-16 Kozol believes that children from poor families are cheated out of a future by grossly underequipped, understaffed and underfunded schools in U.S. inner cities and less affluent suburbs. The schools he visited between 1988 and 1990--in burnt-out Camden, N.J., Washington, D.C., New York's South Bronx, Chicago's South Side, San Antonio, Tex., and East St. Louis, Mo., awash in toxic fumes--were ``95 to 99 percent nonwhite.'' Kozol ( Death at an Early Age ) found that racial segregation has intensified since 1954. Even in the suburbs, he charges, the slotting of minority children into lower ``tracks'' sets up a differential, two-tier system that diminishes poor children's horizons and aspirations. He lets the pupils and teachers speak for themselves, uncovering ``little islands of . . . energy and hope.'' This important, eye-opening report is a ringing indictment of the shameful neglect that has fostered a ghetto school system in America. 50,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB selections; author tour. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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