Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol

Genre: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 318

Publication Date: 1991

Summary: Schools are funded through property taxes and state and federal allocations.  If the school is in a district where property values are low, the property taxes sometimes do not bring in enough income to fully fund the school.  The author visits several underfunded schools in poor districts across the United States and questions how school funding can become more equitable and just.

Recommended: Yes, particularly if you work in the field of education. Some of the school conditions are downright deplorable.

If You’re Offended: No problems here.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “There are no science labs, no art or music teachers. There is no playground. There are no swings. There is no jungle gym. Soap, paper towels and toilet paper are in short supply. There are two working bathrooms for some 700 children.”     “A history teacher at the Martin Luther King School has 110 students in four classes – but only 26 books. Some of the books are missing the first hundred pages.”