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I have spent sixteen out of my twenty years on this planet in school At age four I entered preschool and now at age twenty as I embark upon my third year in college school has become second nature to me Besides my family and friends school has been the one aspect of my life that has remained constant In a general sense I hardly ever give it a second thought Yet on a more specific level I am constantly buried under an exam for one class or a difficult lesson in another It is only when I do begin to reflect upon my formal education in a broader sense that the topic of equality arises And in thinking about it as a theme that has run throughout my years as a student I have come to only one conclusion Equality is a concept that is supposedly taught to us as an early age but ironically can never be achieved within the very schools we attendOn my very first day of elementary school my Kindergarten teacher introduced herself to the class and shared with us what her aspirations were for the upcoming school year She listed such things as counting painting and she even mentioned reading Her assumption was that everything that she had to teach us had not already been learned by some of the children and furthermore she assumed that everyone would have the ability to succeed in all that she had planned Although I can trust that all of her intentions were innocent and that she meant well she allowed our entire class to begin its education on unequal ground This was nothing that I thought about at the time yet I do remember feeling anxious about reading while my best friend had already been doing so for a couple of yearsThis leads me to the argument that equal opportunity does not lead to equal results a question which arises in ED
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