Synopses & Reviews
For two years, beginning in 1988, Jonathan Kozol visited schools in neighborhoods across the country, from Illinois to Washington D.C., and from New York to San Antonio. He spoke with teachers, principals, superintendents, and, most important, children. What he found was devastating. Not only were schools for rich and poor blatantly unequal, the gulf between the two extremes was widening — and it has widened since. The urban schools he visited were overcrowded and understaffed, and lacked the basic elements of learning — including books and, all too often, classrooms for the students.
In Savage Inequalities, Kozol delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools.
"This book digs so deeply into the tragedy o the American system of public education that it wrenches the reader’s psyche…A must-read for every parent, every educator, and every relevant policymaker." Alex Haley, author of Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X
"Poor children of all colors are increasingly looked upon as surplus baggage, mistakes that should never have happened. Indeed, an older view is returning that any attempts to educate the lower orders are doomed to fail. There can be more than one way to read the title of Jonathan Kozol’s depressing — and essential — book." Andrew Hacker, New York Times Book Review
"The forces of equity have now been joined by a powerful voice…Kozol has written a searing exposé of the extremes of wealth and poverty in America’s school system and the blighting effect on poor children, especially those in cities." Emily Mitchell, Time
"I was unprepared for the horror and shame I felt… Savage Inequalities is a savage indictment…Everyone should read this important book." Robert Wilson, USA Today
"An impassioned book, laced with anger and indignation, about how our public education system scorns so many of our children." New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Jonathan Kozol is the author of Death at an Early Age, Savage Inequalities, Amazing Grace, and other award-winning books about young children and their public schools.