ABSTRACT

Ms H is the principal of Peppermint Grove High School. Her view of equity-to remove the barriers in students’ lives that prevent them being all they can be-refl ects the dominant theoretical ideal informing this book. At Peppermint Grove there was particular concern with the barriers impeding the educational experiences and success of refugee students especially those students from countries of war or political unrest with limited or no schooling experience. For Ms H, equity for these students was about ‘pulling out all the stops’ to support them to ‘thrive’—to ‘access opportunities’ and to ‘really fully participate’ in society. Resonating with this view is Nancy Fraser’s conceptualisation of justice as requiring ‘social arrangements that permit all to participate as peers in social life’. Echoing the voice of Ms H, Fraser (2007b, p. 17) explains this view of justice as ‘participatory parity’:

justice requires social arrangements that permit all to participate as peers in social life. On the view of justice as participatory parity, overcoming injustice means dismantling institutionalized obstacles that prevent some people from participating on a par with others, as full partners in social interaction.