Editor: Fair and impartial are two words that describe equity. It’s a simple concept. For most people it means treating everyone the same. That’s why the themes and recommendations recently presented to the School Board miss the mark.
They highlight race at every twist and turn, promoting a consciousness that borders on fixation. They implicate it in academic performance gaps, neglecting any issues of personal motivation. But what’s really concerning is the belief equity can be achieved when we perpetually label people as victims.
No statement condemning hatred is going to fix the damage inflicted teaching someone that they’re disadvantaged. No formal ban of a word is going to mitigate the effect insecurity has allowed it to have. No amount of training is going to prepare teachers for a system that doesn’t trust them. If there’s a bad apple in the bushel, weed it out. Don’t assume the whole lot is tainted.
When we think of hiring practices for educators, we should want the best and brightest. We don’t need to see ourselves in their faces; we need to find ourselves through their ideas. Learning reaches beyond color to a place of higher perception. It’s clear that many people don’t really want equity; they want freedom from responsibility.
Charles Smith, Leesburg