Equity & Empathy for Students: the Power of Inclusive Design | Harbord & Khan | 7 Min Read

April 18, 2023

A common complaint from teenagers especially is the cry “It’s not fair.” This could be referring to the length of lunchtime, world hunger, or ocean pollution. So it’s important to give students space to discuss fairness, and one way could be using an ethical dilemma focusing on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, such as All people regardless of age, race or creed should be given equal rights vs Equity is a fairer system when distributing opportunities and financial support. Through interdisciplinary learning and inspired by design and STEAM, we can give students opportunities to have authentic and meaningful learning experiences.  

Equality and equity are big ideas, and to explore them, it is vital we have a clear understanding of the terminology and how we are defining them. In the context of this article, equality is giving everyone the same opportunities whereas equity means offering different levels of support that depend on achieving fair and just outcomes. In this article, we focus on equity as opposed to equality. If we want to achieve a fair result for all students, it is important that the students who need additional support and resources, receive it so they can be…

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Meredith Harbord EdD and Sara Riaz Khan are global educators who use ethical dilemmas to enrich and transform curriculum. Their student centric approach is driven by an ethical model and innovative tools that support critical thinking and creativity. Meredith and Sara’s collaboration as Design teachers at ABA Oman International School in Muscat, focused on sustainability, ethical design and global mindedness and inspired them to establish Harbord & Khan Educational Consultants. They develop units of work based on real world issues to engage and challenge students for diverse curriculums (IB, PBL, Common Core and Australian) and are available for professional development and to create programs to meet the specific needs of your school. Meredith and Sara have authored two teacher curriculum books ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 4 & 5’ (2020). Website: https://bit.ly/3XopEzQ