Timeand time again there has been a misconception that equality andequity are one in the same thing when they are not. Most often,people tend to use both words interchangeably especially whendebating on matters education (Brighouseet al., 2010).Despite the fact the words equity and equality are similar, thedifference between the two of them is indeed crucial. Equality ineducation often looks at whether funding per student in publicschools ought to be the same (McGuinn,2016).On the other hand, equity in education is ensuring that childrenhailing from less affluent backgrounds get more in an effort ofensuring that they are on the same page with their counterparts fromwell-to-do families. Consequently, making sure that every otherstudent has equal accessibility to the available resources is animportant objective.
Despitethe fact that every student needs resources to ensure providence ofhigh-quality education, the truth of the matter remains that thereare students who need more than the others to get there (Fairclough,2011).Equity, however, comes in to help the schoolchildren who areextremely behind- most often students of color and those from thelow-income earning families – who require more of the availableresources to bridge the gap and eventually be on the same level fieldwith the others regarding achievements (Gay,2010).It is important to put into consideration that allocatingacademically weak student the same resources as students from thehigher revenue schools will not help in closing the achievement gap.However, according to the students of color and the low-incomestudents with better funding and exceptional teachers to help providethem with the much-needed high education quality needed to succeedwill ensure the narrowing of the gap (Rawls,2009).Equality is synonymous with leveling the field and so should equitybecome synonymous with more for the students that need it.
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