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Colum­nist Mi­randa Devine mis­un­der­stands the mean­ing of “eq­uity” in her tirade against cur­rent trends for greater in­clu­sion in ed­u­ca­tion ( SM, Apr 8). Eq­uity means fair­ness and im­par­tial­ity, not equal­ity. Schools ed­u­cate chil­dren from a va­ri­ety of cul­tural, fi­nan­cial and re­li­gious/eth­nic back­grounds. Hence many start with a bias or a dis­ad­van­tage. It is not nasty “cul­tural Marx­ism” to strive to ed­u­cate all chil­dren fairly and im­par­tially, and help them achieve their po­ten­tial. This does not mean re­duc­ing all to an “equal” level or ig­nor­ing dif­fer­ences in fam­ily back­ground, but in­stead, en­cour­ag­ing all stu­dents to do their best, know­ing they will in­evitably seek and find a di­ver­sity of goals. This is about how we bet­ter teach lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy and other core cur­ric­ula (in­clud­ing bi­o­log­i­cal and cul­tural di­ver­sity), which should be the ob­jec­tive of en­light­ened ed­u­ca­tion. Don­ald Maclean, Fig Tree Pocket I ap­plaud Mi­randa Devine’s col­umn. I’ve ad­vised my Year 7 son to go to sick bay if his teach­ers start lec­tur­ing on gen­der the­ory. It’s out­ra­geous that this rub­bish has be­come embed­ded in the cur­ricu­lum. Can ed­u­ca­tors please re­turn the fo­cus of the cur­ricu­lum to read­ing, writ­ing and other such sub­jects? Danielle Flem­ing, Up­per Ke­dron

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