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No More Failures: Ten Steps to Equity in Education
No More Failures challenges the assumption that there will always be failures and dropouts, those who can’t or won’t make it in school. In fact, initiatives in many countries demonstrate that it is possible to successfully tackle school failure and dropout rates – and to reduce the huge social cost of adults without basic skills. This book offers a valuable comparative perspective on how different countries have handled equity in education. Among the issues it explores:
tracking, streaming and academic selection
secondary education structures and second chance programmes
links between school and home
early childhood education
targets for equity
the special needs of migrants and minorities
The book identifies three key areas for delivering equity in education: the design of education systems, classroom practices and resourcing. It proposes ten concrete policy measures, backed by evidence, on how to reduce school failure and dropout rates. It will be of special interest to policy makers, school leaders, teachers and parents.
Defining equity in education
Equity in education has two dimensions. The first is fairness, which implies ensuring that personal and social circumstances – for example gender, socio-economic status or ethnic origin – should not be an obstacle to achieving educational potential. The second is inclusion, which implies ensuring a basic
minimum standard of education for all – for example that everyone should be able to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The two dimensions are closely intertwined: tackling school failure helps to overcome the effects of social deprivation which often causes school failure.
Why does equity in education matter?
The benefits from education are large. In the United States, for example,workers with tertiary qualifications earn more than double the income of those with no post-compulsory qualifications. Education is associated with better health, a longer life, successful parenting and civic participation. Fair and inclusive education is one of the most powerful levers available to make society more equitable.
Fair and inclusive education is desirable because:
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There is a human rights imperative for people to be able to develop their
capacities and participate fully in society. The right to education is
recognised, for example, in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of
the Child and in the constitution of most nations.
The long-term social and financial costs of educational failure are high.
Those without the skills to participate socially and economically generate
higher costs for health, income support, child welfare and security.
Increased migration poses new challenges for social cohesion in some
countries while other countries face long-standing issues of integrating
minorities. Fair and inclusive education for migrants and minorities is a key
to these challenges. Equity in education enhances social cohesion and trust.
Table of contents
The Ten Steps – Executive Summary
Introduction: Setting the Agenda
A Look at Inequities in Education
Structures and Pathways
School and Out-of-school Practices
Resources and Outcomes
Groups at Risk - The Special Case of Migrants and Minorities
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Overcoming School Failure: Policies that Work