Savage Inequalities

In this next installment in the GBJCL bookclub, we read Jonothan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities.

Imagine a school so crowded that multiple classes are held in the gym and the auditorium, with some classes even meeting in unused bathrooms. The bathrooms are always out of toilet paper, and leaks, even in the middle of classroom ceilings, go unfixed. Many classes lack permanent teachers, and class sizes often exceed 30. The school owns four computers for 300 children, and for any particular subject, there are three times as many children as textbooks. Teachers have stopped trying, as have their students. This scenario was experienced, in different variations, in school after school that Jonathan Kozol visited as he toured the country’s poorest school districts at the end of the 1980s.


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