Fairness for All
A Nation's Problem
American education needs fixing. With the growing income gap becoming increasingly apparent, people are waking up to the research on classrooms. And the results show that action must be taken to alter the way we’re looking at education. One phrase being tossed around is educational equity, or the fairness with which students from varying backgrounds have access to the same level of education. It’s a tricky and nuanced subject, to be sure, as implementation and research at every level are prone to flaws, bureaucratic tape, and differing opinions. The stakes, however, are a bit more clear-cut. Our nation’s youth and their futures are in the hands of educators, and the policies we enact today will shape America for years to come.
Educational equity, to expand on the definition, is the right for every citizen to have access to an education that is the same for everyone. Why is this so difficult to achieve? Because some institutions receive more funding, or are privately funded, and therefore have access to better equipment, more qualified teachers, and a community that better fosters learning and development. Conversely, lower-income areas are influenced by problems at home, economic disparity, higher criminality rates, and governmental neglect. These disparaging influences make it more difficult to not only assess the problems that the education sector is facing, but also how to enact change.
What can we do? To start, it’s vital to bring these issues to the forefront. Attending public education meetings and writing to your congressional representative will make your voice heard. Do your research and vote for candidates that have education equity in mind! It’s also vital to frame the argument for educational equity. Without articulating the need for equity in our system, change can never happen.
We should also be encouraging and teaching our children about what equity means. These issues affect them greatly, and introducing them to the idea of fairness is vital. Showing that positive relationship will inspire future leaders to tackle the problems we’re facing today.
Educators play a critical role in disseminating this information, and for enacting change within a community. They serve as inspiration for future leaders, and require the necessary tools to do this. Education technology companies (like FactSumo!) are changing the way we learn, and leveling the playing field for neighborhoods that need it most.
Who are we? We’re FactSumo, a Philadelphia-based education tech company committed to equity through personalized learning. Want to learn more about our mission and our app? Check us out here!