Savage Inequalities

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Goal. It is our goal to show how the school districts in a suburban area and a poorer area are not treated equallyWe will also show how the students were also affected by unequal treatment. Objective. PWDTAT draw conclusions on the inequalities between the two districts Give examples from personal experiences.

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1. Savage Inequalities By: Jonathon Kozol

2. Goal It is our goal to show how the school districts in a suburban area and a poorer area are not treated equally We will also show how the students were also affected by unequal treatment

3. Objective PWDTAT draw conclusions on the inequalities between the two districts Give examples from personal experiences

4. Anticipatory Set How can we as teachers make the students equal to the other classes?

5. Kozol has visited many different school districts of both suburban and urban areas. He found that there was a wide difference in those districts. The schools in the urban areas are looked towards more as inferior towards the suburban schools and are in a sense discriminated against. He was at a state of disbelief when he witnessed what has gone on in the two different districts. How can this be possible in all school districts? How can people let things drag to such a level? Is it possible to make things right? Do people even notice this happening? Is it too late to change what is happening?

6. In his book, he discusses graphic events that have taken place in urban districts. Poverty and education, the cause in affect which makes them unequal Horrible learning environments Suburban districts get more than enough “luxuries” than the urban districts (new computers, new text books) Over crowded classrooms Guards stationed in the lobby of the school Some of the parents make no demands

7. Lesson Plan Have any of you ever had the feeling you were being discriminated against? Left out, or even alienated in the classroom? How do you feel about segregation and discrimination? Have you ever felt that when a class was divided it was to your advantage? Do you think your school district was or is unequal to others?

8. All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting discrimination in public education must yield. ~Earl Warren~

9. Activity Examine the quote you have just read and draw a conclusion to what it means and how it fits in. Put the class into mixed groups to share their opinions and conclusions Then let them choose who they want to be with and discuss their conclusions and what they have learned

10. Observations How did each student work in the two different groups? Was there any division? Did the two different sets of groups get along or were there confrontations? Is anyone being left out or not associated with while in the groups?

11. Feedback During the reflection period you can have the students write a journal exercise where they say their feelings from the lesson Which group did they feel worked out better? (the mixed or their own) Do they feel there was still some alienation towards others? And their feelings on the concept of alienation or discrimination

12. Implications towards teaching Shows signs of discrimination and inequalities of the suburban and urban school districts which make you as a teacher aware of what is taking place Can make observations and try to correct the signs by having the students become more equal to the others Can you as a teacher figure out a way to try to stop the inequality among students as well as school districts?

13. By: Erin Mills and Jennifer Moyer

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