School inequalities.

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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 America's 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 didn't 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 son's 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...