The Importance Of Equity In Public Education

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Equity is being fair and impartial. Efficiency is the quality of being competent. In Eveline
Adomait’s novel Cocktail Party Economics it shows us that they both go hand in hand, “Creating equity involves losses in efficiency, but economists (to a varying degree) see that as being worth it” (CPE, 114). In order to achieve efficiency, we need to eliminate the inequity’s in order to increase the markets and achieve a strong force in which we can apply work to the best of our abilities. With regards to public education, equity and efficiency should be strongly applied. No one’s race or gender should ever impact students and affect them being provided with a public education. Cocktail Party Economics says “The more educated a population the greater
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A smaller crime rate increases the population which attracts more business for many companies. Public school testing such as EQAO, literacy test, and many other standardized testing is not necessarily efficient for Public schools. The testing can be seen as unfair to those students who come from a struggling financial background as they may not be able to afford text books, tutors or other resources that can affect their learning such as having food on the table or a bed to sleep in. Equity then plays a huge role as it is impartial and impractical for those students to do well and maintain high grades within their school as many other factors lower their markets and allow them to not test well. The Canadian Education Association states, “Oh sure, test results can provide some sense of general direction—a weathervane, if you will—but they certainly don’t tell the complete story and, in fact, may mask some of the underlying inequities with which certain groups and individuals are faced on a daily basis” (Canadian Education
Association). This does not show efficiency for the provision of public schools if children
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The board also admits that these same groups are more likely to exhibit attendance problems and are more likely to be suspended from school”
(Canadian Education Association). Most of these students receive inequity, which then leads to inefficiency within the school. Cocktail Party Economics creates an empowering statement about equity, it goes; “It is not enough that an individual has the right to do something. The individual must also have the capability of exercising that right” (CPE, 112). All students should be able to receive an equal education, but if they are not willing to learn then that privilege should be given to someone who wants it and is willing to work for a strong education and make a difference within that school community. The Canadian Education Association argues the fact; “Canadian schools do better than many others in the world when it comes to mitigating the effect of socio-economic status on school success, but there is still a significant gap between the educational experiences, levels of engagement and the achievement of rich and poor in this country” (Canadian Education
Association). Students need to become engaged within the topics they learn in the public

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