Reflection 2 – Adequacy vs. Equity Conflict

Adequacy vs. Equity Conflict

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Adequacy vs. Equity Conflict

Based on the articles presented, a vivid elaboration is made on the varying performance between children who come from the poor district and those who come from affluent areas. Under this situation, economic hardship that has presented economic disadvantages to the children has shown a leaning gap between the poorest and the wealthiest children (Dynarski, 2016). This is clearly due to the adequacy and equity conflict. The present paper will thus offer a reflection on how adequacy vs. equity conflicts as clearly describe by the articles, have influenced my experience as educator.

As vividly described by the articles, the concept of equity and adequacy have greatly influenced the distribution of resources among various schools. This is the clear indication as to why some schools do better in terms of performance than others. Adequacy, as a concept used in an education context, means that provision of resources, as well as the dissemination of knowledge, is done sufficiently to the required level (Espinoza, 2007). This would enable fair dealings in a public sphere’ thus creates an understanding of various responsibilities accorded and exercising power appropriately to obtain the required level of success.

Adequacy aims at availing the needed resources to minimize the instances of a scarcity of resources within the education system. Concerning equity, fairness in the context of social relationship is created. This majorly occurs when resources, punishments, and rewards are allocated according to the corresponding contribution or input (Putnam & Cabrera, 2015). This means that in the distribution of various educational resources, fairness should be considered without any form of discrimination, based on the location, ethnic group or race as well. The two concepts if rightly considered will help in creating a mutual understanding that enhances proper learning in the education context.


Oscar Espinoza. (2007). Solving the equity- conceptual equality dilemma: a new model for analysis of the educational process. Educational Research, Vol.49, No.4, pp. 343-363

Michael Putnam & Jill Cabrera. (2015). Missippi: One State’s Search for Equity in School Finance. Western Kentucky University Press, pp. 1-15

Susan Dynarski. (2016).Why American Schools Are Even More Unequal Than We Thought. Economic View. The New York Times. Pp. 1-4