By Sanja Cale
/ November 10, 2021 November 10, 2021
Rothstein (2014) suggests that resource equity is insufficient because the needs of the segregated neighborhoods are different. Should there be an equitable distribution of resources across schools, some students would still lack access to the supports that they need to thrive. For example, students that live in neighborhoods that are less resourced have additional stresses such as increased crime rates, which would require more intensive, more expensive supports to rectify.
Dr. Barrett suggests that in order to promote social justice in our systems, we must first recognize those differences that exist, such as “seeing color”. Once we do so, we can begin to examine the economic disparities that exist as well. We can explore the data and then take a preventative approach to rectifying. For example, Dr. Barrett suggests a “trauma informed” approach to discipline, rather than strictly focusing on punitive measures for children. In this sense, a therapeutic approach would allow us to proactively assess context and need to provide intervention, as opposed to strictly looking at a consequence based approach.