Fremont High School Discussion Essay

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For my entire life of schooling, both my parents and I would agree that I constantly complained about the educational systems in which I was enrolled. But when I actually take the time to think about everything I have been through, I realize that I have indeed had an excellent education. My schooling was full of opportunities and experiences, all of which contributed to the person I am today; adequate education has been an indispensable facet of my being. Sadly, not everyone has had this same privilege. And now as a college student, I am becoming even more aware of this sad fact. Looking around me in such a diverse city as Chicago, I find myself being more and more grateful. When I read Jonathan Kozol's Fremont High School, this these …show more content…
Finally, the sadness in that classroom was brought to a climax when I could both see and feel the "programing" within the students' minds. When Mireya was talking about her reluctance to take the sewing class, a boy named Fortino said, "You're ghetto...so we send you o the factory...you're ghetto - so you sew!" (Kozol 645). Even though he was probably speaking sarcastically out of his own frustrations, Fortino's words cut deep. I am aware that there are better and worse high schools out there than Fremont High School. And yet, reading Kozol's account of the terrible conditions that are endured by these students made me feel more aware of the severity of improper or inadequate education that poorly funded schools provide. All of these problems, alongside my awareness of my fortunate years of education, make me wonder, just as Mireya did, as to why, "...[students] who need it so much more get so much less?" (Kozol 648). Interestingly, I have little to comment on Kozol's actual writing style, even though he wrote this account of his. I was just so attached to the characters within that school that I wanted to be able to reach out somehow; Kozol definitely achieved something very touching here.

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Kozol, Jonathan. "Fremont High School." The Norton Field Guide to Writing. 2nd ed. New York, London: W.W. Norton & Company,, 2010. 641-48.

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