Shame Of The Nation Analysis

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Shame of the Nation, by Jonathan Kozol really opened my eyes to the flaws in the educational system in America. I have attended elementary school (grade 2-5) in Chicago, but I was fortunate enough to finish the rest of my education abroad in and international school in Cambodia (ISPP). I did not have prior knowledge of how schools in America was structured. I did learn about the Brown vs. Board of Education case, but I did not know that schools are still racially segregated today. The system of property taxes lead the white racial group to the suburbs, leaving the city to rely on central public fundings. This causes an unbalance in spending per pupil between public schools and suburban schools. According to the median household income by race, Asians make the most followed by Whites, Hispanics, then Blacks. Families with low income cannot afford to move out to the suburbs, so public school is the only option for their children to receive education. I believe that because of this system of education, black and hispanic families are pulled into the cycle of poverty. A low income equals to low quality education hence, even after they receive their education, they would only get low paying jobs which means; children grow up to get pulled back in poverty. Classes like hairdressing, barbering, cosmetology, etc. are offered in high schools so …show more content…
Its disturbing to find that not every student gets the same funding because of where they live and go to school. Its disturbing to find that one race suffers so much more than every other in todays society. How creativity is neglected and killed to maximize preparation time for standardize testing. But how could you give all these students the same test but not give them the same education? It is truly shameful that there is an inequality in education, because the youth will suffer, and so will the future of