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Part I – Our Focus Book “The Shame of The Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling In America” by Jonathan Kozol

It is respectfully suggested that we focus for approx. 5 minutes on each of the chapters –

x. Introduction
1. Dishonoring the Dead
2. Hitting Them Hardest When They’re Small
3. The Ordering Regime
4. Preparing Minds for Markets
5. The Road to Rome
6. A Hardening of Lines
7. Excluding Beauty
8. False Promises
9. Invitations to Resistance
10. A National Horror Hidden in Plain View: Why Not a National Response?
11. Deadly Lies
12. Treasured Places
y. Epilogue
z. Appendices –
z-1. Per-Pupil Spending in Public Schools of Six Metropolitan Areas
z-2. On Curriculum: A Note to Teachers
z-3. Updates and Acknowledgments


Part II – Discussion Questions from the Short Quizzes

Many of the Questions in the Short Quizzes were answered – “What Do You Think??? Let’s Discuss!!!”

Please refer to the other Short Quiz Q&A’s for any missing context –


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First Short Quiz: America’s 30% Permanent Under-Caste

Q-20 - Are the children born in America’s Inner-City GHETTOS ineligible for “The American Dream”???


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Second Short Quiz: “Christian” America’s Permanent 30% Under-Caste

Q-18 - Is the U.S. being 70% "Christian" the reason why The U.S. Supreme Court, as the nation’s highest but unelected legislative body, has NEVER DARED to remove “In God We Trust” from American currency? Or was the U.S. Supreme Court’s reason that when the U.S. went off “The Gold Standard” in 1933, there was nothing else to support U.S. currency?

Q-20 - So how is it that in a predominantly “Christian” society that knows that to “inherit eternal life” its members are required to (1) Love God, AND (2) Love Their Neighbors As Themselves – America has had for more than half a century a Permanent 30% Under-Caste???


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Third Short Quiz: Additional Info Re Kozol’s “Apartheid” Ghettos

Q-14 - Is that surprising when the typical conditions facing the “Dreamers” in our 178 IHAD Programs in 51 American cities were --

99% of the Dreamers living in single-adult households;

95% of total Dreamer households headed by single adults who were drug addicts; and

75%-80% of total “Dreamer” households headed by a single-adult druggie who turned over any receipts to the pusher so the kids had to steal just in order to eat.

Q-15 - Is it any wonder that the H.S. graduation rates for the class just ahead of each Dreamer class and just behind each Dreamer class WERE TYPICALLY SINGLE DIGITS???

Q-22 - So is it surprising that children in our inner-city ghettos KNOW BY AGE 5 that they are NOT ELIGIBLE for their Dreams???

Q-23 - And that their only realistic career objectives are Pimp or Pusher, or girl friend of a Pimp or Pusher, graduating to Whore???


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Fourth Short Quiz: Free College Tuition & K-12 Apartheid Schooling

Q-15 - Can America afford to wait on the most prominent de facto “affirmative action” program that the U.S. Supreme Court does NOT dare to attack -- America’s sports scholarships that are awarded disproportionately to our inner-city “gladiators”???

Q-16 - Can America afford to wait for the effect of TV sports shows that feature African Americans as erudite commentators? And Hollywood movies and TV programs that feature attractive and intelligent African Americans? In other words, don’t American’s accept such African Americans while subconsciously thinking that they are exceptions???

AND VIS-À-VIS MAGNET SCHOOLS –

Q-23 - Would parents/families in such a setting have a strong incentive to “adopt” a less-affluent student to tutor/mentor?

Q-24 - Could admission of an affluent student (and the affluent student’s continued enrollment) be conditioned on the affluent student and her/his family’s tutoring/mentoring of a less-affluent student?

Q-25 - Could this be a “blue print” for A TYPE OF “charter school” that the federal government could foster on a grand scale?

Q-26 - Does anyone have any other “bright ideas” about how to address America’s “Apartheid” (Jonathan Kozol’s term) K-12 Schooling and what it has produced – a Permanent 30% Under-Caste?

Q-27 - And does anyone think that free public college tuition and vocational training is likely to have much impact on America’s “Apartheid” (Jonathan Kozol’s term) K-12 Schooling and what it has produced – a Permanent 30% Under-Caste?


Part III – Six-Degrees-of-Separation E-mail Campaign – Magnet Schools With Caveats

We take great pride in our Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail campaigns to America's decision makers which, with only a few computer keyboard key strokes, can be sent by each of our members (1) to the decision maker, and (2) to all of the member's friends and acquaintances requesting them to do the same in an unending chain.

The 47 e-mail campaigns during our 14.5 years of existence (MANY OF WHICH HAVE BEEN SURPRISINGLY SUCCESSFUL) are collected in Sec. 1 of www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org.

Because of the importance of the issue of America’s 30% Permanent Under-Caste, our weekly e-mail of 5/23/2020 was sent to our 181 members –

1. With an e-mail subject: “Your Opinion Requested Whether ‘Magnet Schools’ Are The Best Way To Address America’s Permanent 30% Under-Caste”; and

2. Containing the following text –

“There follow immediately below my two e-mails requested by the New York Times Editorial-Page Editor on how to address America’s Permanent 30% Under-Caste that the U.S. Government has continually described for the last half century as illiterate as defined by the ability to read the warning label on a can of rat poison.

“My e-mails posit that “Magnet Schools” are the best way to address America’s Permanent 30% Under-Caste.

“Please hit your Reply Button and indicate --

1. Whether you think there is a better way to address the problem.

2. Or, of course, whether you believe the problem should NOT be addressed.”

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The “two e-mails requested by the New York Times Editorial-Page Editor” which were then included with out 5/23/2020 weekly e-mail are available at viewtopic.php?f=587&t=1919&sid=c0b21f76 ... 4239cfdbf4.

None of our 181 members could think of a better way to address the problem of America’s 30% Permanent Under-Caste.

And none of our 181 members thought the problem should NOT be addressed.

Accordingly, our task at our June 3 meeting is to agree on the text of an e-mail campaign and to agree on America’s decision-maker(s) to whom it should be addressed.

In order to facilitate fulfilling this task, the following draft e-mail is offered for the consideration of the June 3 participants –

Suggested decision-maker addressees –

Since we pride ourselves in being a non-partisan public-policy study-action group (even though many of our members are very-active political partisans of every stripe), it is respectfully suggested that our e-mail campaign will have its greatest impact if –

1. Anyone who is inclined to vote this Nov 3 for President Trump, address her/his e-mail to President Trump; and

2. Anyone who is inclined to vote this Nov 3 for Former Vice President Biden, address her/his e-mail to Former VP Biden.

Draft e-mail text --

President Donald J. Trump

Dear Mr. President:

Or

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Dear Sir:

Re: Addressing America’s 30% Permanent Under-Caste

As you may be aware, Jonathan Kozol has, for more than half a century, written award-winning best-selling books about inner-city education and how it has long-since produced and perpetuated a Permanent 30% Under-Caste that the U.S. government continually reports is illiterate as defined by the ability to read the warning label on a can of rat poison.

I am affiliated with a 14.5-year-old 181-member non-partisan public-policy study-action group that has just finished focusing on Kozol’s “The Shame of The Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America” (Crown Publishing 2005) which examined the conditions culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court’s “stamp of approval” on segregated K-12 education in Parents vs. Seattle School Dist. No 1 (2007).

The 181 members include many professors and attorneys from around the country who participate in our meetings on-line.

The Group has concluded that there is NO EXCUSE for a self-respecting nation to continue to tolerate ignoring a Permanent 30% Under-Caste when “Identical Twin Studies” (the Gold Standard for determining what is genetic and what is environmental) --

consistently show when inner-city children are orphaned before their first birthdays where one twin was adopted by a suburban family and the other twin was adopted by another inner-city family -- that by adulthood, the identical twins adopted by suburban families generate Measured IQ’s equal to average suburban Measured IQ’s, while their identical twins adopted by inner-city families generate Measured IQ’s equal to average inner-city Measured IQ’s.

However, the prevailing SINGLE-DIGIT inner-city high-school graduation rates are NOT surprising when our inner-city children KNOW BY AGE 5 that they are NOT eligible for their dreams.

And that their only realistic career objectives are pimp or pusher, or girl friend of a pimp or pusher graduating to whore -- which, of course, do not require much education.

The Group has concluded that the nation faces a SOCIOLOGY problem, NOT an education problem -- one that requires de facto surrogate parents.

And that the best way to solve the challenge of our half-century-plus Permanent 30% Under-Caste is for the U.S. government --

1. To establish “magnet schools” that push the percentage of inner-city children to the maximum that will be tolerated by affluent parents, BUT ARE SO OUTSTANDING IN TERMS OF FACULTY, PROGRAMS, FACILITIES, ETC., ETC., that affluent parents will still want their children to attend.

2. To require that admission of an affluent student, AND THE AFFLUENT STUDENT’S CONTINUED ENROLLMENT, be conditioned on the affluent student and her/his family’s tutoring/mentoring a less-affluent student.

It is noted that the U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to interfere because nobody is forced to attend Magnet Schools.

More information is contained in The Group’s E-mails that were requested by the New York Times Editorial-Page Editor and that are available at viewtopic.php?f=587&t=1919&sid=c0b21f76 ... 4239cfdbf4.

Thank you for your consideration.

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I have just finished reading the draft Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mails that are contained in the suggested discussion outline.

I suggest that in addition to sending them forthwith to the two presidential candidates, we also send them with an appropriate covering letter to the moderators of each of the presidential debates requesting them to raise the issue during the debates.

The letters to the debate moderators should be copied to the two candidates to remind them of what they have already been requested to support by our Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail campaigns.

This would follow the same procedure that was employed by our Global-Warming Thorium-Fission Working Group during the first five Democratic Party Primary Debates June 26 - Nov 20 of last year – please see viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1781&sid=b69a44573 ... 65bf6feb87.

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