- Political_science Public Schools

4 PAGES
1147 WORDS

- Political_science Public Schools

. Kozol feels that the way in which we fund public schools is arcane and unfair (54). Since most
areas in the US rely on property tax in order to fund education, the poorer districts are at a
disadvantage over the wealthy districts because of lack of income. This is a problem because the
wealthy schools keep getting wealthier and the poor schools keep getting poorer. For example
Kozol points to the inner city schools of Chicago in comparison with a suburban high school
(New Trier). He states that the schools like New Trier receive about $90000 more dollars a year
than the inner city schools, when the inner city schools could really use that money to fix up the
facilities, improve the curriculum, and provide the teachers with better salaries and resources. If
you take a look at the arguments being made on pages 54-56 you will see that Kozol points
specifically to the property tax as a problem in education funding. “The very poor communities
place high priority on education, and they often tax themselves at higher rates than do the very
affluent communities,” (55).
The problem with this is that even though the lower class is taking more money and trying
to put it towards education, it is not going to even out because the suburbs have more money
coming back to them that they can throw at schools in order to finance education. He also states
on these pages that consistent inequality of education will lead to continued inequality all through
the loves of children of urban areas. I have to agree with Kozol and his findings with respect to
property tax because of how I was raised. I have never been in a situation where I had to settle
for the “second best” when it came to education. I was fortunate enough to attend a school
system that offered a wide array of opportunities and had lots of property tax money to distribute
among the schools and curriculums to keep it interesting, innovative, and exciting. I agree that
there is an unfair burden that hangs over those not only in really urban areas, but also in extremely
rural cases as in the school district 20 minutes down the street from me. This is an issue that
appeared a lot in Kozol’s discussion and will be brushed upon again here and there later on in the
essay.
The second thing that is discussed that directly relates to what Kozol targeted as the
problems with education and funding, is the possible things that we can do to change the way that
things are handled in these situations. He suggests that a property tax is not the solution to the
problem because it is not doing anything for the poor districts except setting them farther behind
the really wealthy districts. He feels that if we can offer more money to the really poor districts to
help them along, then they might be able to stand a chance against the schools that are already so
far ahead. A property tax only takes the poorer districts and sets them farther and farther behind
the richer districts giving them no way of really catching up and Kozol is saying that financing
education in a way that helps the urban schools compete in the “great education race” is
something not something that should be done, but something that has to be done.
The third and fourth issues that I have to deal with both tie in with one another. They
relate to the great debate of Liberal versus Conservative. The things that Kozol suggests about
what should be done reflects upon the idea that he is a bleeding heart liberal. A bleeding heart
liberal is someone that will give to every cause in some way, shape, or form in order to help them
solve the problems that they are faced with and more importantly get the message out about their
cause. He wants what is the best for everyone, not just one specific group. Everyone is
fundamentally entitled to an education that provides them with great opportunities for when they
are faced with problems in the “real world”. His view is on that most Liberals share with respect
to education and education finance. The liberals believe that things should benefit everyone in
society as a whole regardless of race, creed, education, income, where you love, and so on. They
believe that equal

Read the full essay 1147 words