In an ideal world, equity in public education means that opportunities are tailored to individual needs so that all students can succeed. Low-income students, minority students and other vulnerable populations may require different kinds of support to thrive. When equity is present, students are treated to fairer societies, more expansive opportunities, and the ability to successfully compete for jobs.
But we’re not living in an ideal world. Compared with the richest children, the poorest children are four times more likely to be out of school and five times more likely not to complete primary education. And this is not limited to the developing world. Wealthier countries experience education inequality too.
But there’s hope. Education technology, paired with broad access to educational resources, and the means to personalize curriculum can be the great equalizer in education, ensuring all students reach their full potential.