How can schools be more equitable?

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The brown vs. board of education case is a case that occurred in the past that is relevant to where we are today in the equality of our schools. This case is very important to the contribution to the coming of equality in schools because this is where it began. The case ruled that segregation should be outlawed in the public school system as a means to make schools more equitable.  The idea was that if they stopped segregation in the school system black students would be able to come out of the “lower quality than white, less well funded with older textbooks and fewer athletic facilities” public school system they were in. Brown vs. board of education did not create equality in schools but it did provide a path or a direction for future advocates to follow. “Desegregation was the law, but not the reality.” (Goldstein, 2014)

Today a lot of the inequality exists because of certain myths that people believe about minority students and their parents.  Often times people do not support schools with several minority students because they have stereotyped them to be people who do not value education. When people have the image that education means nothing to a group of people they will not support it, which is why white schools have more backing and are able to do much more things than those individuals at low income schools.  People believe that minorities are lazy, lack motivation, and do not care about school. They also think that minority students have parents who are not active participants in their child’s education. Just like in white or majority schools you will find people who do not value education and those who do. There are parents who are deeply involved with the education of their children but sometimes they may be limited on the amount of time they can give to their children and their studies because they are working to make sure the student has everything they need to function in schools. The other myth regarding lazy unmotivated students is untrue. Minorities work just as hard if not harder than those of the majority. (Gorski, 2008)

In the Texas School Funding still unconstitutional video it stated that the quality of students’ education is based on the area that they live in. Children with lower income are going to live in areas that are more poverty stricken than those who have higher incomes. With this method in place the school system will never be equal.

The only way to make schools more equitable is by continuing to make changes going forward and acknowledge that inequality exists. We have to make it known that the way systems are set up of the different school districts it will never benefit minority students. The system is designed to provide resources according to how many teachers they need, the curriculum they need to implement and a number of other things except the needs of the students. To be more equal we have to incorporate the needs of the students rather than the needs of the administrator’s pockets. Becoming more equitable would mean not imposing biases onto students, allocating funds where they need to be, and admitting that the school systems are not equal. Once we make those changes the United States public school system will be in a better space. It may not be entirely equal but it will definitely be some strides made.  “There is nothing the urban and rural slum schools need more than escape from the inbred rigidity of local and state education systems.” (Goldstein, 2014)

Goldstein, D. (2014). The teacher wars: A history of America’s most embattled profession. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Gorski, P. (2008). The Myth of the “Culture of Poverty.” Educational Leadership, 65(7), 32-36.

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