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Equity In The Educational Environment

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.463.1 - 6.463.6



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Willie Ofosu

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One of the major responsibilities of any national government that seeks the well-being of all the people in the nation is ensuring that all groups of people receive the education that will help them become gainfully employed. It should not matter whether the groups of people are defined along racial lines or ethnic lines, by denomination or by gender. Through education, the government assists the citizens to raise their standard of living. This creates the sense of accomplishment that generates a high level of confidence in the people, making them see themselves as contributing members of the society. The government has the responsibility of demonstrating to the citizens that it is supportive of their aspirations. One way of doing this is by providing an educational system that will prepare the students well for a future in which they can anticipate experiences that will enhance their being. The government can use this mode to show fairness in the distribution of the nation’s resources, and thus gain the confidence and trust of the people in their leadership. When defining equity in education, it should not be taken only in terms of numbers of specific groups within the society. It should also be considered on the basis of quality of education for all. Equity in education can help minimize and perhaps eliminate the tensions and biases that easily occur in any diverse society.

Ofosu, W. (2001, June), Equity In The Educational Environment Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9229

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