Equity in Education: From Theory to Practice. OECD/Norway Conference June 4, 2007 Ben Levin OISE – University of Toronto. Starting Point. In theory there is no difference between theory and practice… But in practice there is. Anonymous. Outline. What we know Challenges What to do
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June 4, 2007
OISE – University of Toronto
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice…
But in practice there is.
No society can realistically expect schools alone to abolish inequality. If students come to school in unequal circumstances, they will largely, though not entirely, leave schools with unequal skills and abilities, in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains. This is not a reason for educators to throw up their hands.
R Rothstein, Class and Schools, 2004, 129
Nobody has yet attempted to redress inequity by investing two or three or five times as much per student in high need schools and communities.
More can be done
There is no universal solution.
Each jurisdiction needs its own approach.
A strategy is needed in each case, not just a series of initiatives
There can and should be mutual learning.