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ERIC Number: EJ855211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9862
Myth 18: It Is Fair to Teach All Children the Same Way
Cooper, Carolyn R.
Gifted Child Quarterly, v53 n4 p283-285 2009
Fairness is often considered synonymous with equality: the equal treatment of people sharing a uniform description or role. This concept--"fair" means "equal"--has spawned the notion that it is fair to teach all children the same way. Put simply, if fairness means equality in family life, restaurant dining, and sports--not to mention in observing codes of behavior imposed by museums, places of worship, libraries, and various other venues, then, why wouldn't it be fair to consider all students in a given class as "equal?" Aren't they also a group? In this article, the author argues that to teach all children the same way is patently "not fair." A child is an individual with a unique history, ability to learn, and personal style of doing so. Teachers must respect the differences that distinguish one child from another and respond positively to each one's learning needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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