Equity Vs Equality

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    When leftists talk about equity in education, they say that society should provide everyone the basic work skills of reading, writing, and simple arithmetic. It should prohibit discrimination based on gender, ethnic origin, or socioeconomic status.

    Progressives say that equity in education has two dimensions. The first is fairness. It means making sure that personal and social circumstances are not obstacles to achieving educational potential. Examples include gender, socio-economic status, or ethnic origin. The second is inclusion. It ensures a basic minimum standard of education for all. For example, everyone should be able to read, write, and do simple arithmetic. The two dimensions are closely intertwined: tackling school failure.

    Note that equity should not be confused with equality. Equity should give each student what he or she needs to perform at an acceptable level. Equality gives each person the same. For example, every school district gets the same level of funding. Progressives indicate that it’s better than discrimination, but it’s not enough to provide equity.

    However, because equity is to provide the same for each student, one sees in many schools that the college prep courses and high achievement courses are eliminated so that each student gets the same. How is your school handling equity? What changes are they proposing at your school? Are some students being discriminated against and if so how?

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