Equality of Opportunity vs.Equality of Experience
The driving ideal of public education is equal access to educational opportunity. Thanks to public funding of education, every child in the U.S. has access to free schooling. Unfortunately, equal access does not equate to equal results. In many ways, treating every child the same when they come from very different backgrounds can easily replicate in schools the inequalities that children experience in the larger world.
This is particularly evident at the high school level, where the model of the comprehensive high school predominates in the U.S. The comprehensive high school (derisively labeled “The Shopping Mall High School”) aims to provide a breadth… read more