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Unequal Educational Opportunities (03:46)


Public schools within miles of each other in New York offer unequal opportunities to children. Inner city children do not have political clout backing them.

Inner City Children at Risk (01:56)

A poorer, inner-city school poses safety issues for its children. A young boy is fearful about going outside to empty the garbage. Children acknowledge the inequalities they live with.

Teacher Training--Disparity in Inner City Schools (04:53)

Musical education opportunities and sports activities differ between an inner city school and middle-class school. Quality of teaching varies. Many teachers are uncertified in the inner city.

Classroom Disruptions (02:15)

A teacher experiences disruptions in the classroom. A young boy doesn't want to go to school. Children and parents are victims of poor teacher qualification. Teachers are frustrated.

Parental Involvement in Schools (02:11)

Parent participation in classrooms makes a positive difference for children. A teacher and parent discuss a student. Classroom overcrowding is a problem for a parent.

Schools and Communities (04:48)

After-school opportunities vary sharply between two schools. Students discuss the quality of their educations and their educational goals. A parent discusses her son's poor performance.

Educational Voucher System (04:48)

Jonathan Kozol dismisses the voucher system for poor families. Parental influence makes a difference in education. Children perform better when they choose to attend a certain school.

Privatization of Education (03:55)

Privatization of schools is not necessarily the answer to the inequalities. Government resources must be equalized so that choices are equal. Many schools continue to be selective towards students.

Educational Inequalities and Vouchers (02:43)

Jonathan Kozol is concerned that the voucher system does not solve educational inequalities. Poor people tend to support a system of choice. Rich people do not choose poor schools.

Educational Funding Changes (01:55)

Jonathan Kozol maintains that the current educational funding system has built-in inequalities. All children deserve equal financial resources.

Presidential Candidates on Education (04:14)

George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton propose educational solutions. Republicans offer financial rewards to parents who make educational choices. Clinton focuses on secondary education.

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Unequal Education

Part of the Series : Listening to America with Bill Moyers
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This program with Bill Moyers compares the everyday experiences of two New York City middle school students and contrasts political rhetoric with the reality of American schooling. A profile of the two students and their different schools points out the inequalities of our current system and how disproportionate funding affects the quality of education. The program also features advocates for educational reform, who debate what the Democratic and Republican parties can do to improve schools. Among those interviewed are John Chubb, author of Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, and Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities. (40 minutes)

Length: 41 minutes

Item#: BVL5049

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9290-5

Copyright date: ©1992

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