The other day I had lunch with a colleague, and we talked about my favorite topic: equity in education and the consequences of not having equity in our public schools. We differed in our views, I am advocate, he is not (yet). However, by the time we said our “good-byes”, we were both certain the time for action is NOW!
Here is how my colleague and I “discover” the vicious circle of lack of equity in education. We reckoned that when students do not have access to quality education, they get discouraged and stop learning. (Children in general have an acute sense of fairness. They know when they are not playing at the same level than their peers.) What they usually do, when they are disappointed with the school ways, the may drop-out and occasionally they get in trouble with law and end up in jail. While in jail, who pays the bill? We do the tax payers! Would you rather pay NOW for a good and equitable education for ALL or wait to pay for the bill when they are in jail? You be the judge!