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Equity

  • By: Beverly J. Irby, Genevieve Brown & Ling Ling Yang
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Equity, in general terms, means the quality of fairness or impartiality. Equity, related to education and curriculum, does not connote that every student should be treated in the same way; rather, it indicates that each student should be guaranteed fair treatment with equal access to resources and curricular programs. To ensure educational cur-ricular equity for all students, the U.S. government has enacted numerous laws, such as The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (e.g., Titles VI and VII), The Education Amendments of 1972 (e.g., Title IX), and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. Through these laws, an unprecedented commitment has been made to educate all students, regardless of such challenges as their language, physical abilities, backgrounds, characteristics, and/or gender, to be effective thinkers, problem ...

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