Equity in Education

Can we achieve equity in education, if we don’t have equality across the country?

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Recently, the world has been reminded of and confronted with issues of pervasive discrimination against members of our global community based on their skin color, race, ethnicity, or background. The resulting protests have raised awareness and sensitivity to the ongoing hardships and injustices that continue to threaten communities of color and other minorities across America.

In the midst of the unrest across our country comes an opportunity for open dialogue and much-needed action. To support the ongoing conversation, we have compiled information, articles, and research from Frontline Education, the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, and The Line to provide a repository of data-informed, action-based resources focused on issues of bias, discrimination, diversity, and equality.

The time to have these critical conversations is now and our hope is that these resources will serve as a starting point for meaningful discussion and thoughtful action.

Defining the Issues

There are many terms, often used interchangeably, to address the issues of inequality and discrimination that continue to plague our community.

 

equity

/ˈekwədē/ /ˈɛkwədi/

The quality of being fair and impartial. Fairness, fair-mindedness, justness, justice, equitableness, fair play.

 

equality

/ɪˈkwɒlɪti/

The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. Impartiality, even-handedness, egalitarianism, equal rights, equal opportunities, non-discrimination.

A Message from Frontline Education

We stand in solidarity and support of equal rights and just treatment, especially in the face of pervasive discrimination against members of our community based on their skin color, race, ethnicity or background. There is no room for discrimination or hate in our homes, our schools or our communities. We owe our nation’s students, the future of our country, a commitment to protecting civil rights and a culture of ensuring human rights.

Resources from Frontline Education

Defining the Issues

diversity

/dəˈvərsədē, dīˈvərsədē/

The state of being diverse; variety. Variety, assortment, difference, distinctiveness.

 

discrimination

/dəˌskriməˈnāSH(ə)n/

The unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, inequity, unfairness.

Resources from The Line

Resources from Frontline Research & Learning Institute