Yutaka Suzuki
Dec 13 · Last update 17 days ago.

How can educational inequality be resolved?

Nowadays, educational inequality has become a big issue all over the world. If our society faces educational inequality, that means we fail to offer the standard education level for all children. In this situation, some children cannot have the chance to learn and grow. Such children may be unable to get a job or improve their position in life. Considering that all children deserve an opportunity to develop their skills and achieve an education, it is very important to resolve educational inequality. How can we deal with this issue?
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The need for holistic change
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Reduce the state’s structural funding inequities
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Educational inequality cannot be fixed by funding parents
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Reduce the influence of family background.
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The need for holistic change

The problems with education goes far beyond inequality, but addressing all of the big issues in education may go some way to address educational inequalities also, and iron out the problems with education as a whole. Many aspects of current schooling systems are just in place because they always have been, and do not meet the needs or realities of children, or the latest findings on education. Current educational models fail many children, schools need to offer a diverse range of teaching models to children, and some children fall through the gaps regardless of monetary investment. There are many schemes (like offering tutoring to low-income students), reforms (such as better working conditions for teachers), and even entire country-wide education systems (for example Finland’s) that have been proven to have high results and lower inequality, all could easily be put in place or emulated.

mystudentvoices.com/the-school-system-is-broken-60987c002f4 washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/why-education-inequality-persists--and-how-to-fix-it/2012/05/15/gIQAXEIeSU_blog.html

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Daniel Halliday
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Reduce the state’s structural funding inequities

In many states around the world school funding is uneven at its source, and as a result the educational inequality issue is often down to disparities in the allocation of school funds at a district, borough or city level. For example in Connecticut, as with many other American states, schools in local cities and towns are funded by local property taxes, so schools are therefore allocated more funding in richer areas that can afford larger properties and thus pay higher taxes. This is a structural funding mechanism that actually actively solidifies inequality within the education system. Countries need to concentrate on structural change within the school funding system to ensure schools are first funded equally, as an uneven base state-level funding can give rise to vast educational inequalities.

theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/rich-parents-school-inequality/431640 theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/08/property-taxes-and-unequal-schools/497333

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Daniel Halliday
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Educational inequality cannot be fixed by funding parents

Like all issues of inequality the factors that affect these issues are multilayered and a monetary influx is too simple a remedy for such a complex issue. Although studies may show a relation between affluence and educational achievement there is more at play than just money, correlation is definitely not causation in this regard. It is important to consider that more affluent parents may be more affluent because they have a different attitude to their own life and their own career and education, and therefore their child’s education also. Some parents would choose not to spend extra income on their child’s education, therefore educational inequality is a much more complex issue than simple funding, such schemes should be handled with caution, as they are not an adequate fix.

cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/five-myths-about-economic-inequality-america

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Daniel Halliday
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Reduce the influence of family background.

All children have different family backgrounds. A child’s family background may be influenced by many factors including household income, parental occupation, migration background. Family background plays an important role in deciding the level of education children will receive In some countries demonstrating that certain kind of government policy works well to make the impact of family backgrounds smaller. For instance, the government set a policy to improve the level of compulsory education. Or the government could promote NPOs, which offer free education program, by financial help. In addition, introducing special caring for children with mitigation background by classroom teacher is also helpful. Like these measurements, when we try to resolve educational inequality, it is essential to reduce the influence that family background has on a child’s education.

There are three main reasons to explain why family background is key to minimising educational inequality. Firstly, children who were born into poor families cannot get the same opportunity to study, learn, develop their skills because quality education for children requires money. Thus, educational performance among children will vary greatly depending on a family’s household income. Secondly, parental occupation affects the child’s educational journey. According to a recent study, children of parents with high status jobs achieve better reading scores. This study somehow indicates that parental occupation influences the child’s educational development. Finally, children who have migrated from another country are also not in the same situation as other children in many ways. For example, if the language in the classroom is different from the child’s mother tongue, it causes many problems in learning new subjects. For these reasons, It is important to reduce the influence of a child’s family background to resolve educational inequalities.

unicef-irc.org/unfairstart education-inequalities.org

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Yutaka Suzuki
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