I think that most people in the field of education have heard the word “equity” in their daily practice. While many have heard it, many still do not understand it.
This picture is one that many have seen. It brings to light what equity stands for day-in and day-out in our profession. Providing supports for those that need that extra help in order to “see the game.” Taking a stance of equality does nothing for anybody. It pushes those that are already ahead, further, and those that are behind, still does not get them to “see the game.”
All would agree that equity is what education should be. The problem is, that while equity helps get everybody to the same finish, some feel like they are missing out on something. The fence in this picture is in the way and it is in the way for all students. While they all get the “see the game” none of them are actually getting to “experience the game.”
Liberation helps eliminate the barrier that is preventing all students from truly “experiencing the game.” This allows those that do not need additional supports from feeling like they are missing out on their education because we focus on those that do need those supports all the while providing all students with a rigorous and relevant education.
Inclusion takes this liberation lens a step further. It puts the kids in uniforms and gets them “ready for the game.” This is truly our focus with all of our students.
What I notice about this picture is that all the barriers are broken down for all students, all students are in uniforms ready for the game, but the student on the far right is missing a mitt. While this last picture is not the end, what does the next picture look like?