A Question of Equity
I had another conversation this week that left me much in the same frame of mind as the one I had last week. This is a topic I’ve struggled with for many years, and I’m really not sure what the answer is.
The topic is equity. The topic is tough.
If a public school teacher writes a grant for technology, but the district can’t sustain the program in other buildings or potentially refresh the equipment once it reaches end of life, should the grant be granted? Is it better to deny the students in the classroom where the grant would be in effect so as to ensure equity across the district, or is it better to afford students an opportunity to reach higher, even if it means others won’t have that experience? Would allowing the grant to go forward specifically advantage one group of students over another, and thus present ethical issues for a public entity?
The person I was talking with was adamant that we should not allow classrooms to have that which other classes in the district can’t. Is this right?
The implications of the question are rather overwhelming on both sides. I’m not sure what the answer is.
Thanks to Larsz for the Flickr image.