Take steps to serve disadvantaged children, and other marginalized student groups with this practical, solution-oriented guide to equity-driven reform for school leaders. Includes case studies and reflective-discussion questions.
Chapter 1: Why is Treating all Students the same the real Problem?
Why is Treating all Students the same the real Problem?
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
—Animal Farm (Orwell, 1945, p. 133)
The foundation of American democracy is the ability of individuals, at least in theory, to move between social classes or occupational groups based on their knowledge, ability, and commitment, regardless of their social position in childhood. Social mobility is defined as “the movement or opportunities for movement between different social classes or occupational groups” (Aldridge, 2003, p. 189). Some observers would suggest that socioeconomic mobility is facilitated by marriage, family affiliation, political power, and more, but as Horace Mann said more than 150 years ago, education “beyond ...