Summary of Chapters on Education in the Community Essay

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This chapter is an interesting one as it describes his experiences in the city of East St. Louis, IL. Kozol states, “The city, which is 98 percent black, has no obstetric services, no regular trash collection, and few jobs. Nearly a third of its families live on less than $7,500 a year; 75 percent of its population lives on welfare of some form.” This statistic is very alarming, but not too surprising. Kozol says that the city is struggling financially and that is huge factor in why there is not much educational success in the area. Kozol mentions that the students will not have any drive to strive and succeed with his or her studies if the teachers have no passion. Majority of the teachers in these schools are under qualified or basically …show more content…

Then he discusses about a fifth and sixth grade teacher named Corla Hawkins. Kozol speaks highly of her saying she is practically the only hope for the children in the whole school. She has hope for students as she teaches her students about self-motivation. Kozol then compares the money spent on urban students to the amount of money given to students that attend more financially stable, suburban schools. Given the results he determines that the suburban schools could care less about the education, environment, and financial stability of those students that attend urban schools.

Chapter 3
Kozol is exploring the public education in New York. He begins at Public School 261 Philip Livingston, which is located in Brooklyn, New York. He is not in support of how the school is set up. He says the conditions in which the students are learning is not acceptable. Kozol then goes to Public School 79 where the classes are overcrowded and there are no windows. He decides to visit Public School 24, located in Riverdale where the properties value of the homes there are high. Kozol touches on how money is divided amongst the schools. There is a difference in how much money is being spent on a child’s education based on where they reside and go to school, which causes an inequality. For example, if the property value for a house around Public School 261 is worth little to none then the school only receives about roughly $4,000 per student, or even in some instances less. Compare

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