Hear ye! Hear ye!


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.

Equality is:

  1.  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)
  2. 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:

  1. What we as educators do when we differentiate instruction for our students, each student has different needs
  2. 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:

  1. Why we do not differentiate professional development for teachers?
  2. Why some states do not grant their teachers free duty lunch?
  3. Why leadership opportunities are given to “brown nosers” instead of qualified people?
  4. Should I go on?

 

Advertisements

About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
This entry was posted in Defining equity, Understanding equity. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s