Educational equity is one of the most talked-about topics around the world by many educational analysts and counsellors. It is becoming more of a fashion to talk about education and changing the way teaching and learning are done. And more money; definitely putting more money into education ought to solve all the problems, won’t it? But the major flaw of this line of thought is that people have failed to answer one very important question; What is the real problem?
The real problem to educational equity
Is it lack of infrastructure? Lack of qualified teachers? Out-dated curriculum? Certainly all the above need to go away soon. But there is one much bigger problem which is the hardest to solve. It is our mindset. Educational Equity comprises of fairness and inclusion. Inclusion is a standard that applies to everyone alike. It is the equal opportunity to study the same set of subjects; the ones perceived superior. And that is the real problem. Ideal educational equity should be the opportunity to study those subjects that are of interest to a student.
Discriminating subjects can’t be equity
As Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor for Arts Education, pointed out in one of his speeches, there is no education system on the face of Earth that respects all subjects equally. Hierarchy of subjects in every school always goes like this: Maths, Science, Commerce. This hierarchy was formed centuries ago to produce viable workforce during the industrial revolution, but we still adhere to it. Arts is usually at the bottom. And even in that discrimination, we are inconsistent by giving a few specialisations within Arts, a higher status than some others. It is already bad enough that we force all students to perform well in the same set of subjects that we have come to believe as superior. Now we are set to make code the order of the day.
How can you make a change?
Everyone has a role to play in this crisis, and therefore everyone has a responsibility to fix it. But most importantly, the most impactful people are students and their parents, because they are the victims, and the negative effects are genetically transferred. Just like how happy parents raise happy children, who turn into happy parents.
1. Parents; your perception of subjects is only your opinion. The future of your children shouldn’t be limited to your opinions and experiences. It has to be far wider because the challenges of the future will be far wider than your time.