Shiny Thing Equity Arithmetic

Shiny Thing Racial Equity Arithmetic: Racism + diversity programming + an anti-bullying program + Kindness Matters + SEL, PBIS, and restorative practices + grit and growth mindset = Racism

Originally tweeted by Soni Gill (@Soni_Gill1214) on November 10, 2020.

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Shiny Thing Racial Equity Arithmetic: Racism + diversity programming + an anti-bullying program + Kindness Matters + SEL, PBIS, and restorative practices + grit and growth mindset = Racism

Likewise for ableism and heterosexism. Our family was sold so many shiny things over the last decade of mindset marketing dominated ed-tech when what we needed from educators was a confrontation with structural ableism. Are you practicing shiny thing equity arithmetic? Instead, be a genuine threat to inequity.

Defining Equity and Inequity

Inequity

An unfair distribution of material and non-material access and opportunity resulting in outcome and experience differences that are predictable by race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, home language, or other dimensions of identity.

Source: Understanding Equity and Inequity (Certificate-Bearing)

Equity

A commitment to action: the process of redistributing access and opportunity to be fair and just.

A way of being: the state of being free of bias, discrimination, and identity-predictable outcomes and experiences.

Source: Understanding Equity and Inequity (Certificate-Bearing)


I really like those definitions of equity and inequity from the Equity Literacy Institute. They are a structurally aware call to action to relieve minority stress.