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Unless we have the wealth to pay for private education we are compelled by law to go to public school-and to the public school in our district Thus the state by requiring attendance but refusing to require equity effectively requires inequality Compulsory inequality perpetuated by state law too frequently condemns our children to unequal lives Kozol 56 In this day and age education is a necessary tool for survival Unfortunately not every student in Americas schools gets the education that they deserve Many inequalities among students can hold back the education process preventing them from succeeding later in life Our public schools are not providing the education that students need to succeed and according to Jonathan Kozol people have to have the wealth to pay for private education Jonathan Kozol visited public schools in America for two years and he spoke to many teachers students principals superintendents city officials newspaper reporters and community leaders Through his journey he uncovered the extremes of wealth and poverty in our public school systems and the effects that it has on the children Kozol found that poor children and especially those of color are thought to be failures so they are not being educated According to the St Louis Post Dispatch Joann Nevilles often found her daughters teacher busily polishing her nails snacking and ignoring a class full of sixth-graders in East St Louis Nevilles finally marched to the blackboard and took over the class herself The teacher didnt care Sharmika Brown had a junior high teacher who never asked the students to do work We did crosswords or played cards Vanessa Smith had to shake he sons teacher to wake up in class He was sitting there straight up in his desk This was one of the first schools that Kozol visited School District 189 in East St Louis This city is so poor that it has had to lay off 84 of it city workers STL dispatch
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