Local Teens Working to Combat Educational Inequity

The nonprofit Immunize4Immunity, formed by two Rockridge High School and Academies of Loudoun students, donated 5,360 books to disadvantaged communities nationwide. 

Abishek Krishnan and Jeet Metu worked with 13 chapters and 73 volunteers to collect and distribute books to libraries, donation centers, and charities.

The teens said that educational asymmetry is caused, in large part, by a lack of access to supplemental resources, such as books. 

“Many families in disadvantaged communities cannot afford books/supplemental learning wmaterial, so many elementary students become undermined,” they said in a statement.

They said that the pandemic has created a culture that disincentivizes elementary students from learning. 

“In fact, many leading meta-analysis studies determine that students testing in 2021 were about ten points behind in reading compared with matched students in previous years,” they said. “Moreover, elementary students in marginalized communities disproportionately report lower levels of comprehension compared with their student counterparts in other parts of the country.”

The teens launched Immunize4Immunity during the pandemic, and held educational events on vaccinations to combat misinformation. It also held a mask-making event, during which 80 volunteers made over 5,400 masks for healthcare facilities. The group also partnered with UNICEF to raise $70,000 for families impacted by the pandemic in India. 

3 thoughts on “Local Teens Working to Combat Educational Inequity

  • 2022-03-07 at 2:23 pm
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    I’m very glad these young people are working on behalf of equity. They seem so earnest in their mission. Equity has become a naughty word in some quarters. It’s viewed as subversive or corrosive. But I don’t think that’s true. Equity is a way of helping students become the persons they were meant to be. What could be more wonderful? Happy Women’s History Month Loudoun!

    • 2022-03-08 at 5:33 pm
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      Equity is used to mean “equal outcome,” which is a poor concept when used as a standalone, absent any other factors. You should never have equal outcome without equal work input. If two people do the same work they should get the same outcome. If they fail to do the same work, the one doing less work should not get the same or better outcome unless that work is more efficient and better/smarter.

      “Equal opportunity” and “equal outcome” are not the same thing and never should be used interchangeably. If you squander an opportunity you should never get the same outcome. If you make the most of an opportunity you should get a desirable outcome. In the case of what these two young gentlemen are doing, they are providing the opportunity to read by filling a gap… providing reading material. Nobody can force the people who use the facilities where these books were donated to actually pick the books up and read them. But should the people avail themselves of the opportunity afforded them by these donations, then they will see personal gain and have improved opportunities in other areas. It becomes an upward spiral.

      I applaud these two young gentlemen for affording people an opportunity they might not have otherwise had!

  • 2022-03-07 at 6:21 pm
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    Bravo to these future leaders. Are they still in need of donations? I have several STEM type books, if so, that I could donate.

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