A Book Review of Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

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Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools by Jonathan Kozol

The Author
The first surprising impulse, Jonathan Kozol is a White. The point to be made is that given the content, his identity is surprising; but it is also a good thing, because he is concerned with the larger picture, which is USA. Kozol is an American Educationalist born in Boston, and him being an insider, for me an outsider, makes the matter believable. He is a great writer, well known for several works such as, Death At An Early Age (1985), The Shame of the Nation (2006), and On Being A Teacher (2009) among others. He is an alumnus of Harvard University and a recipient of the National Book Award as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Award. Savage Inequalities was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992 and became a national bestseller. This book is a sociological genre composed of six chapters revealing inequalities within inner-city schools and the environment in which they operate. The author addresses the book in a point of view of contemporary issues (or issues of his time). To put his case, Kozol makes two years’ observations and interviews with students, teachers and parents on America’s public school systems in the states of Illinois, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. He juxtaposes urban schools for poor children with suburban schools in the affluent parts of the districts to effectively bring out the theme of “inequality.” Like many Ugandans, I simply understand the word “Inequality” as “haves and have-nots” or what is extreme wealth on one hand and extreme poverty on the other. When children are not provided with basic needs in schools just because they are poor or worse still ignored, yet other children in the same country are living lavishly then, something is wrong and needs fixing. In fact, I do not need to be a nun, a professor, a Boston College student; an American or Ugandan to understand what inequality does at a human...
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