Jonathan Kozol’s Fremont High School

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Jonathan Kozol’s Fremont High School

Schools lacking social utilities that are needed to promote the academic status of its students is an issue. Whether these utilities should be kept opened or closed is widely debated in most communities. The condition of such schools is an important issue because it determines the future of its students academically. Some issues facing schools include social, public and economical issues; this essay will consider arguments concerning the social, public and economical causes of this problem through the use of Jonathan Kozol's "TITLE OF ARTICLE", as well as the discussion of the reasons why some schools do not receive sufficient funds to care for public schools.

Upon reading the article by Jonathan Kozol concerning Fremont High School, many questions arise due to the situation of the school.  Social and public problems are ones that come to mind. We can deduce a lot of points from Kozol's article such as his description of the lack of sufficient classroom space, "nearly a third of all the classrooms in the school, were located in portables...took place in converted storage closet". Upon reflection, we can gather that the school does not receive sufficient funds from its funding source. Therefore, the school is only able to keep things running from the little they receive from funds. A high school of about 5,000 students can never be a private school. Private schools mostly have a small intake of students at a time in order to make sure that the ratio of students to instructors are proportional to aid the students in their academic works, by allowing more one on one time between instructors and  students. These schools are mostly not built very big, instead, they are of small sizes. This allows its funding source to be able to well furnish the school with all necessary amenities, in order for its students to get the right environment to study comfortably. In most places, students actually pay some kind of tuition fees which is used to help maintain useful structures and equipments such as libraries, technology, student launches and other school events.

The direct opposite of private schools is public schools that are free. These are generally poorly constructed and in lower income neighborhoods. These schools lack many of important structures to aid students in their academics, and even in most cases, they have less qualified people as instructors. Public schools are run by the government or its agency to my understanding. If that is the case, we are all witnesses to budget cuts that often go on in most countries including the United States. Such economic problems will eventually affect the public school system more than a private one due to private schools being managed by private agents who have many outside sources to fund the school. This is unlike the public ones which are managed by the government where anything negative that comes up due to its finances effects every learning institution in the end due to its dependence on the government for its funding.  Comparing this to Kozol’s article, we can tell that Fremont High School is a Public School located in a lower income neighborhood.

Mostly ghettos are places or sections of a city, that are a thickly populated slum area inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic, or other minority groups, as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures or hardships. Ghettos also are places that do not have career oriented jobs but in most cases, they only offer trade jobs like sewing, hairdressing and carpentry. We can tell from the story that this is the kind of area the Fremont High School is located in by referring to a comment that was passed by one of the students named Fortino as Mireya discussed her interest in simply wanting " take an AP class". Fortino said to Mireya as she talked about her reluctance to take the sewing class "You're ghetto...So Sew".

Schools differ by their demographics and the...
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