Equity in Education
In America, the states can be graded according to how the government allocates or distributes resources for education. In terms of equity, quite a number of these states receive a failing grade:
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The map above is indeed disconcerting. Eduardo Porter writes in the New York Times' article "In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich":
The United States is one of few advanced nations where schools serving better-off children usually have more educational resources than those serving poor students,according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Among the 34 O.E.C.D.nations, only in the United States, Israel and Turkey do disadvantaged schools have lower teacher/student ratios than in those serving more privileged students.
Andreas Schleicher, who runs the O.E.C.D.’s international educational assessments, put it to me this way: “The bottom line is that the vast majority of O.E.C.D. countries either invest equally into every student or disproportionately more into disadvantaged students. The U.S. is one of the few countries doing the opposite.” The inequity of education finance in the United States is a feature of the system, not a bug, stemming from its great degree of decentralization and its reliance on local property taxes.Looking at education as a "Race to the Top" is a wrong way to address problems in basic education. "No Child Left Behind" sounds a lot better if only the government looks at how to level the playing field and not focus so much on test scores and closing schools.