Brown’s Legacy: The Evolution of Educational Equity

Rachel F. Moran


According to the late Sheldon Messinger, “there are two laws of social science: (1) deep down, everyone everywhere is basically the same; (2) it takes all kinds.” This observation captures the dilemma of sameness and difference that has plagued educational policy-making in general, and the quest for educational equity in particular. That is, should we try to assimilate all children to the same model of educational success, or should we expect children to be different and embrace a pluralist vision in which there are diverse paths to achievement?

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