Giving Compass' Take:

• Paul Reville at The Hechinger Report shares his opinion on the difference of 'equal' vs 'equitable' treatment in schools and how educators can best support low-income students. 

• How can we create a personalized system that meets children where they are and gives them what they need, inside and outside of school, to thrive and succeed?

• Here's more on learning platforms for educators and classrooms. 


If we did in health care what we do in education, we’d say this to everyone who walks through the hospital door:

“We prescribe the same treatment for everyone. We’ve always done this. It’s more convenient for us. It won’t be perfect, but it will contribute to public health.”

Of course, we’d never do this in health care. But we do it all the time in schooling.

Children growing up in poverty start school having heard 30 million fewer words than children from more affluent families, and we treat these children the same as any other students in the class. But they are not. They have different and deeper needs, as do millions like them all across the country.

Equal treatment — giving the exact same service to everyone — isn’t the same thing as equitable treatment, which is providing what each child needs to meet a particular goal. Equal treatment will not enable us to reach the nation’s professed objective of educating all children for success.

Read the full article about the difference between 'equal' and 'equitable' by Paul Reville at The Hechinger Report.