Friday, January 23, 2009

Equity Vs. Equality: Why does the Difference Matter?

Equity and Equality are not synonymous. Equity acknowledges the strengths and weaknesses of a certain group or individual, while equality attempts to enforce uniformity. An equal education leaves some behind, and holds back others; an equitable education reflects the student’s needs. In the end, equality is not reached through equal treatment, but rather from equitable treatment that attempts to compensate for weaknesses and disadvantages of the individual.

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