Equity over Equality
It is Occupational Therapy week, and the theme we are considering is equity in Occupational Therapy and healthcare. Equality means individuals or groups are given the same resources and opportunities. In contrast, equity recognises that each person has different circumstances and allocates the resources and opportunities needed for an equal outcome. There has been much controversy about the dynamics of equity over equality within an educational setting. So, this blog aims to delve a little deeper into the benefits of equity over equality and ways you can implement such into the schooling environment.
If the educational sector introduced equity over equality, how marvellous would it be? Encouragement and participation would go hand in hand; no student would feel that they are being set up to fail and instead feel inclusion in success regardless of their academic abilities.
Special educational needs are complex; there is no ‘quick fix’ nor should there be. However, with that in mind, surely the educational system realises that as diverse as its students are, so should the teaching be too, that equality, although great on paper, is not enough alone to support the needs of SEN students.
Paul Harris, the CEO of Tapscott Learning Trust, explains how having a ‘needs-based curriculum’ is crucial in students’ success within the academic environment. You can find out more about this and why he thinks equity over equality is vital in today’s educational sector.