Equity: Will We Ever See it Become a Reality?

Ah, equity.  Equity is something we all push for on so many different levels of our society.  In days of the Civil Rights Movement, equity was pushed for powerful men and women to establish equal rights for everyone.  It is one of those things that you want so bad for the world to obtain, but given the state of the world will probably never happen.  Let’s face it, there are so many different types of people in the world with different perspectives on just about every topic out there.  Getting them all to agree on what it means to be equal is near impossible.  When one receives something, the other complains about not having it.

Equity is something that is very desirable because it rips down all the barriers, class systems, and everything else that separates us.  However, I don’t know if equity is desirable on all levels.  For one, I like who I am as a person and I’m sure others do too.  To say that I have be exactly like someone else would take away my own individuality and sense of who I am as a person.

When it comes to education, when would love to offer the same education to every student that comes our way.  No Child Left Behind was created with the intentions of bringing all the kids who have been slipping through the cracks back up to par with the rest of the world.  The law wants to give those students the same education as every other student in our schools and commend them for trying to do so.  However, their expectations and time table for bringing ever student up to a desirable level of proficiency are unrealistic.  The solution for accomplishing the task of proficiency by 2014 is put pressure on schools, test them, reward them for success, and punish them for failure.  Sounds simple enough, but is it?  I don’t think there is one clear cut, cure all solution to the problems we are having with low test scores.  It is going to take more than a “press and test them” strategy to remedy these problems and we have to start thinking of alternative strategies soon.

Even though equity may never be attained in our society, we should continue pushing for it as much as possible.  There are going to be changes in education that attempt to change the way we teach and approach learning.  The day we stop trying to make things better is the day we should ALL be worried about the future of education.  Teachers keep working hard in their classrooms and schools keep on trying to provide the best learning opportunities for their students.  That is where we are all equal.


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