ERIC Number: EJ855211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 3
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.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Academically Gifted, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Individual Differences
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