CIVIC CONVERSATIONS: A Conversation about Equity in Education

CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY: We hope to pick back up with in-person Civic Conversation groups at the Library in the near future. In the meantime, please feel free to utilize our resources for your own in-person or virtual group discussions!

This event features the documentary Teach Us All available on Netflix. You can view the trailer on YouTube. The film also has a Twitter feed. Our conversation will center around the bias that seems inherent in the education systems across much of the United States, the historical roots of the system, and the definitions and differences between equality and equity in terms of education.

Potential Discussion Questions:

  • Did you feel any results of inequity in your own education? Have you seen others suffering because of inequity?
  • How do you address equity in education from a racial, gender, socioeconomic, and political standpoint?
  • Do you feel that your individual choices for your own family add to the impacts felt by the whole system?
  • Have you ever discussed the differences between the ideas of equity vs equality? Or equity vs. equality vs. justice?
  • Do you think technology offers real answers for re-balancing equity in education or does it serve to make it worse? What are some examples?
  • Consider what obtaining an education entails. Oftentimes, when we think of the word, we think of school: classes, lectures, study groups. But much education also occurs outside of the classroom. Who else, aside from teachers, help to educate?
  • What are your thoughts on test taking? Do you feel this is a way to a fair way to assess students? If not, what could be an alternative?


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