Fair Vs. Equal Defined • Equal -Everyone gets the same. • In education equal would eliminate any accommodations students with disabilities receive • Every student would have same amount of time and number of questions, it wouldn’t be fair but it would be equal. • Fair is giving students what they need in order to succeed. • Levels the playing field for students with different needs
Example of Fair vs. Equal • Equal would be 100 lb. St. Bernard Dog and my 17 lb. Pomeranian getting a ½ cup of food. Doesn’t make good sense, but it is equal. • Fair is giving 100 lb. St. Bernard 2 cups of food while my little Pomeranian gets ½ cup.
Example of Fair vs. Equal • Equal would be two people going to the hospital, one person has broken arm & one has headache but doctor gives them both Tylenol • Fair is putting a caste on the person’s broken arm and giving the person with a headache Tylenol
Other Examples • Glasses, contacts are examples of accommodations for vision deficiencies • Wheelchairs are accommodations for physical impairments • Insulin is for diabetics (nutritional need) • Inhaler for a person with asthma (breathing need) • Giving people what they need is no different than giving a student with learning disabilities extra time for a test or help with reading. Special education does not make it easier for a student with disabilities, it makes it equal, and that is fair.