Equity not Equality .

At the risk of sounding like a politician  I am becoming more and more intrigued by semantics. Words matter, not just how we use them the tone and inference  but the actual word choice. We have paid a lot of attention in recent years to tone and ‘professionalism’. The current political campaign has shown us that being brash and loud is offensive, but being quiet and calm and using words that condemn and judge innocent people is just as dangerous. Intent versus impact – the meaning we intend to convey versus the impact the words has on those who hear us is an important area of the field of equity and inclusion.

Equity is not equality – giving people equal respect does not mean they will be treated equitably.The difference is important for us to recognise as educators, parents, leaders, politicians.

More soon…

 

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

An experienced educator Jane has taught in three different countries in both public and private schools. Jane is currently an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco in the School of Education but travels all over the country as an educational researcher and consultant. Jane earned her Ph.D from Fordham University in Educational Leadership and Policy , the focus of her research was equity and inclusion in high schools.

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