Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
Critical review of work on economic & educational disparities between rich & poor schools.
In Savage Inequalities, Jonathan Kozol argues that America’s public school system has been victimized by ongoing segregation which locks school-age children into a static caste system; he uses Francis Keppel’s term caste (63, 80, 199) denotatively to describe a social and economic structure whose restrictions it is impossible to supersede in spite of the popular (and flawed) notion that America is the land of opportunity. Kozol charges that funding is systematically withheld from poorer schools, and he uses this claim of fact as the basis for a cause-and effect argument: poor educative conditions result in inferior education, grave academic deficiency in students, and a reinforcing the stereotypes of both affluence and indigence.
Kozol’s book is the result of his investigation of inner-city schools between 1988 and 1990. He documents the sharp…
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