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ERIC Number: EJ854333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Insisting on Equity: A Redistribution Approach to Education
Nordstrum, Lee E.
International Education Journal, v7 n5 p721-730 Oct 2006
Emphasis on educational efficiency, or accountability, with all its claims towards institutional improvement, has left the question of educational equity unanswered. Contemporary policy, particularly in Western nations, focuses largely on raising aggregate test scores while the greater society sees a steady increase in economic inequality. It is the purpose of this article to trace the current increase in inequality through income and wealth distributions, and argue that educational equity should also be a priority for all nations. Part one of this article gives both quantitative and qualitative examples of growing economic inequalities, and posits reasons why this is detrimental to human society. Part two provides evidence that an equitable redistribution approach to education may serve as part of an answer to these problems. Part three addresses counterarguments to these assertions, and describes how education alone cannot solve the question of equity. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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