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Savage Inequalities

In Irls Solomons history class, is described by journalists who cover the school as the
schools highlight. Solomon, a man of 54 with reddish hair turning white has taught in urban
schools for almost 30 years. A graduate of Brandies University, was first going for law school
but quickly learned law was not for him and decided to challenge himself by teaching at urban
schools. In his senior homeroom there are four girls pregnant, and when asked why this happens
he is responded with an honest answer, theres no reason to not have a baby. Seeming to know
where the students are coming from he understand that a diploma from a ghetto high school does
not have as much value in the eyes of the united states. Most of the kids dont even bother going
to class because of the lack of equipment, resources and overall opportunities.
Jennifer explains to us that her parents were from the Bronx and described the schools as
hell and poor. She states that she doesnt believe it is their responsibility to pay our taxes that
provide for them. That the poor have to want to have an education, and if they want to good life
they have to find a way to provide themselves. Jennifer ends this with the mutual response that
its fair for all students to be able to take the same courses.
Both East St Louis and the school in Rye, New york express the evident differences
between poor and higher education. Nearly 75% of East St. Louis urban society is living off of
welfare or any other sort of government funding. Financial shortages have forced the aly off
1,700 of the city's 1,400 employees of the past decade. The city has the highest property tax rate
in the state but very poor agriculture structure. One of the major problems the city has is the raw
sewage leakage that affects the school systems and throughout the city as well. The town is not
able to fix this recurring issue because of the lack of funding and unemployment. From all the
sewage damage the school was forced to lay off a total of 280 teachers, and without enough
teachers the entire educational system at the school is heavily affected. In comparison with the
school in Rye, New York their environment is completely different. With having more than
enough support from the school and parents to raise private funds, the students are provided AP
courses, able to utilize new equipment, and just having a much better overall educational
experience than those of East St. Louis.
In my opinion, I dont think our educational system has changed dramatically over the
years but I do believe location does heavily influence an educational system. More wealthy
areas definitely have more of an advantage than places that are not so well off. They have an
educational advantage because their neighborhood is able to afford so. They can afford to hire
more professors, provide a better education, offer more courses, and brand new functional
equipment.