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Report On "Children In America's Schools", A Documentary Movie Based On A Book By Jonathan Kozol Called "Savage Inequalities: Children In America's Schools"

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Report on "Children in America's Schools", a documentary movie based on a book by Jonathan Kozol called "Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools"."Children in America's Schools" is a documentary movie based on the Jonathan Kozol book "Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools" and looks at the school system in America circa 1996. The movie describes the disparate quality of education that exists between poor and rich school districts in the United States. Entering schools in an economically disenfranchised city in New Jersey, the narrator describes buildings, faculties, curricula, and school boards that are all but falling apart. School overcrowding forces some classes ...view middle of the document...

Locally here in California it was found that there was only a 1.5% dropout rate in Palos Verdes, which is a wealthy community that has very high property values. Yet only 10 miles away in Lynwood the local schools face a 60% dropout rate. Students that have more money put into their education will directly affect how they will do on their exit exams from middle/high school.It is the unequal funding of public schools that is the main emphasis of the movie "Children in America's Schools" and Kozol's main emphasis of his book "Savage Inequalities". At the heart of these inequalities is the disturbing unequal allocation of tax dollars to fund schools and school districts in the United States. These economic inequities are gross and inexcusable. In one of the wealthiest districts on New York's Long Island, the per pupil spending amounts to $11,265 annually. Meanwhile, impoverished areas of New York City see only $5,590 per student--approximately half the amount placed into the rich school districts. Because of the ways American public schools are funded the rich are afforded greater access to knowledge and cultural capital which will insure...

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