Today, I’d like to write about the root of inequity. Where did it begin? I propose that inequity began with a greedy heart. In my reading this week I found two thoughts worth sharing. The first one comes from Curtis Linton (2009) in Courageous Conversations about Race.
“Equity recognizes and values difference. It allows me to give to others what they are individually entitled to, whether is respect, high expectations, opportunity, or dignity regardless of their race.”(p.86)
The second one comes from Carol Edelsky (1999) in Making Justice our Project.
“In a society with unequally distributed property, funding schools through local property taxes ensures unequal funding for schools” (p.13)
As you ponder on these thoughts do you see a greedy heart? This is my stance, if I cannot value another human being and open the doors for him/her to have the same access I have, am I not being greedy?
If we continue to fund schools based on the local taxes aren’t we perpetuating mediocrity and the status quo? Isn’t this the root of inequity in our school system?