Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

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Jonathan Kozol
318 pages
For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools inneighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., andfrom New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals,superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found wasdevastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal,the gulf between the two extremes was widening-and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded and understaffed, andlacked the basic elements of learning-including books and, all toooften, classrooms for the students. 
   In Savage Inequalities,Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth andpoverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in ournation's schools.