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The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol
The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Anna Atkins, March 24, 2007

I work as an assistant teacher and this book rings so true.Thankfully,the school I work at isn't like some of the schools Mr.Kozol visited.The school I work at is kindergarten to 4th grade and it is all black.I mean it is like the school system wasn't even desegregated.The sad thing is,these kids don't interact with different races besides their own outside of school.The only white people they interact with is at the school.When these kids move upto the middle school,it will be a shock for them to see other races of kids beside their own.In our school system,we use some of the same workbooks like Test Ready and such in our school.I dislike the No Child Left Behind Act becuase in two of our grades there are over 25 kids in each room with one teacher and an assistant.It is ridiculous,there are too many kids in one room.They need to be split up,like two classes with 18 kids each.Plus if a teacher is trying her/his hardest and the kids still don't perform upto par,the school is frowned upon.Then they are put on probation,so someone from the state department comes and checks up on them.Our public school systems are in a sad state of affairs.The country with the best education system in the world is Finland.They don't even start school till age six and then at sixteen,they go to college or a vocational school.The colleges are free to all Finnish students.The United States needs to take a long hard look at our education system and take a page out of Finland's book.
Kids are kids no matter what color the skin.They fit in just fine with other kids.When I was growing up,the school I went to was a mix of kids and we got along fine.How does a child learn about other cultures if he/she is only around one type every day?I think also what would help,is if parents pitched in with the child's learning.It's not all upto the teachers, the parents have to be involved and committed as well.You can't put it all on the teacher.
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