Social Inequalities In Education

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After we touched the topics of Race and Ethnicity and Social Inequalities in the education system in the United States in ED-160, I was curious about how those inequalities affect the lives of students today. As I began my research about the inequalities that students face, I found an article that stated that “the ultimate test of an educational system is whether it makes sure that every student, whatever their background, is exposed to the content they need to compete in today's society.” It was disturbing to read that “U.S. schools are failing this most basic test.” I also found an article where Gaston Caperton said “Tests are not the problem, students are not the problem. The problem we have is an unfair education system in America-an unequal …show more content…
Kozol places a lot of blame on the segregation in place in urban and inner city schools and claims that the schools are setting limits on what black and Latino students can achieve; therefore giving white kids the upper hand. The United State's education system limits the achievements that minority students can reach. For starters, all the tools necessary to accomplish the requirements for graduation are below standards and/or in mediocre condition in the urban schools; meanwhile in the predominantly white student schools that same equipment is readily available and in more than perfect condition-; thus giving the white students the upper hand. Jonathan Kozol in “Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools” wrote of the conditions of the buildings he visited and how in the urban areas they are in deteriorating conditions. Kozol also wrote that poor schools are overcrowded and understaffed, but white children receive more attention from the staff; therefore feeling more confident about their education. It is the exposure to these conditions that limit urban children from realizing their real potential and reaching higher. Kozol blames the segregation and the “invisible” favoritism that the white students are reaping, the reason Kozol shows such emphasis on segregation in schools is because people are ignorant to the fact that segregation isn't dead. There is no reason why poor children can’t have computer labs, or updated software or access to programs that wealthier children have. Poor families pay taxes just like the wealthy and work very hard to provide for their families; at the very least the government should assist in providing good education. There is of course the obvious racial inequality that still resides in our school system. Even though racism and segregation were “removed” from the system, it is very much present today. It is important to educate our children and not be bias

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