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The new millennium brings many advances in our childrens learning The introduction of technology and breakthrough teaching methods display a positive outlook for the educational system our children count on Yet this optimistic view is believed by many to be looked at through rose-colored glasses Jonathan Kozols Savage Inequalities Children in Americas Schools looks at the ways the government the society and the educational system fail poor children especially poor African-American children in the United States Kozols work which examines six cities where he finds common problems illustrates the key shortcomings that work against the education of the less fortunate Kozols major argument focuses on the notion that the United States government does not provide enough funding for the schooling of poor children yet is generous with spending in districts where wealthier families reside Therefore the primary problem lies not with the childrens capabilities but within the structure of the system which has let them down This spending pattern is a fundamental part of public policy at all levels of government Additionally this financial inequality limits the rights of low-income children to obtain a solid education and limits their opportunities to become successful adults Three major points need to be illustrated in the analysis of Kozols work First it is important to express societies view of low income equals low performance which translates into less obligation of the government to put forth a true effort to support education Second this analysis will show the low-income cities are not capable of surviving in the community with the support of the funds needed for a good education This is further revealed through the political area that further perpetuates the problem Third this analysis will expose the separation of children in schools by income compounds the issue of segregation by forcing minority children to be surrounded by other low-income minority children which creates a resentful negative cycle The
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