Category Archives: Achieving equity is hard work

Field trips and “hands on” activities: experiences which grow dendrites

I read an article about Brian Cambourne’s Conditions of Learning Theory and their connection to Brain/Mind Principles (Early Childhood Education Journal, Vol. 31, #1, Fall 2003). In this article I found three issues in a learning classroom which have the … Continue reading

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School funding and equity

Hello all, I read this report. I think it is very interesting and wanted to share with you. Here is the link: Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Public Education http://www.americanprogress.org

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Discouraged!

I have been very discouraged in the last two weeks. It is evaluation time, without reflection time in many school districts in the area. The equity conflict increases as we look at the proposed and/or approved school budgets. There seems to … Continue reading

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An example of cognitive dissonance that promotes inequity and social injustice

Teachers should love learning, right? But, what happens when the clerical tasks assigned to teachers are so involved that teachers refuse to learn one new thing for fear that the new thing they’ll learn will transform into another task that … Continue reading

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Recipe for perpetuating inequity and social injustice in the public school system

  Begin with a group people whose personal NEED is to lead Allow them to lead in neighborhoods whose residents are different from them, not only in ethnicity but in values and social status This mix creates a cognitive dissonance … Continue reading

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We must be courageous if we want to achieve equity

Courageous Conversations In order to achieve equity in our schools we must have courageous conversations. These conversations are not easy to have but according to author Singleton (2006), if we agree to stay engaged, speak the truth and accept discomfort … Continue reading

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