Equity & Equality: What’s the difference?

Board, Blackboard, Equality, Freedom, Harmony, Believe
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I had always heard of equality. Equality in treatment of people, equality of education and equality of life, but equity? This was a new term to me. I always heard the term “fair is fair” or “ye have to be equal”. This made sense to me, treat everyone the same and nobody can complain or accuse you of not being fair, but I have learned that by treating everyone the exact same, can actually achieve the exact thing you were trying to avoid, inequality.

I have learned that while equality is a good first step, it is equity that we should be striving for in life and education. That no matter the individual’s circumstances that we are trying to give them the exact same chance.

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This image is a great example of equity, giving each person what they require to be able to see the match. If we gave them all 1 box each only 1 person would be able to watch, but by catering for their individual needs, by providing equity the end result is a success for everyone. This can be seen in Education also, by providing students with extra resources, supports and assist teachers we can create equity for all.