Hear ye! Hear ye!
This is a very important announcement. Today, I will re teach and we will learn the meaning of two important words: equality and equity. They have the same beginning and the same end, but they do not have the same meaning. No, they are not homophones. Yes, they are both nouns. No, they are not synonyms. Let’s see what the Webster’s Illustrated Dictionary has to say.
Equality: (noun) the state of being equal, uniformity
Equity: (noun) Fairness or impartiality, justness.
As you can see equality does not equal equity. We must remind ourselves of the important distinction between these two words.
Many school districts confuse these two terms constantly and here I am once again trying to explain the difference.
- what you do in your classroom when give snacks to your students, you make sure that each student gets the same amount of cookies, grapes, carrots whatever you are giving as a snack that day (and of course I know that the money for the snack came out your pocket as teacher but I am not discussing that today)
- What school boards do when they assigned money in the budget for textbooks “every child must have a book”
In contrast, we have the term equity which is:
- What we as educators do when we differentiate instruction for our students, each student has different needs
- What schools boards do when they assigned salaries according to experience and education
Are we clear so far? Great! Because I need you to help me understand the following:
- Why we do not differentiate professional development for teachers?
- Why some states do not grant their teachers free duty lunch?
- Why leadership opportunities are given to “brown nosers” instead of qualified people?
- Should I go on?