The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future

The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future

by Linda Darling-Hammond

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In her award-winning book, Linda Darling-Hammond-renowned researcher, policy advisor, and educational leader-contends that improving America's performance in the global economy is closely tied to closing the minority-majority achievement gap at home. Today in the United States only 1 in 10 low-income kindergarteners goes on to graduate from college. At a time when education matters more than ever, the U.S. high school graduation rate has dropped from first in the world to the bottom half of rankings for comparable nations. While such sobering facts inform her new book, the author focuses on the successes of effective school systems in the U.S. and abroad in order to develop a clear and coherent set of policies that can be used to create high-quality and equitable schools. Drawing on her broad experience, Darling-Hammond examines the roots of our modern education system and shows how the skills required for our 21st-century global economy cannot be learned in traditional education systems, which have been in place since the early 1900s. She identifies an "opportunity gap" that has evolved as new kinds of learning have become necessary - a gap where low-income students, students of color, and English language learners often do not have the same access as others to qualified teachers, high-quality curriculum, and well-resourced classrooms. After setting the stage on current conditions in the United States, Darling-Hammond offers a coherent approach for effective reform that focuses on creating successful systems, inducting and supporting quality teachers, designing effective schools, establishing strong professional practice, and providing equitable and sufficient resources. The Flat World and Education lays out what the United States needs to do in order to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools that ensures every child the right to learn.

Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, a chief education advisor to President Obama, Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and Founding Director of the School Redesign Network at Stanford.

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ISBN-13: 9780807770627
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Series: Multicultural Education Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James A. Banks ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Flat World, Educational Inequality, and America's Future 1

Education in Our Flat and Changing World 3

How America Is Losing Ground 8

How Policy Can Matter 18

The Legacy of Educational Inequality 23

What Must be Done? 26

2 The Anatomy of Inequality: How the Opportunity Gap Is Constructed 27

Poverty and Lack of Social Supports 31

Limited Early Learning Opportunities 33

Resegregation and Unequal Schooling 35

Unequal Access to Qualified Teachers 40

Lack of Access to High-Quality Curriculum 51

Dysfunctional Learning Environments 62

3 New Standards and Old Inequalities: How Testing Narrows and Expands the Opportunity Gap 66

The Prospects and Pitfalls of Standards-Based Reform 67

Testing Without Investing 73

When New Standards Meet Ongoing Inequalities 81

4 Inequality on Trial: Does Money Make a Difference? 99

The Legality of Unequal School Funding 103

How Money Makes a Difference 105

Litigating for Adequacy 111

Under What Conditions Can Money Matter? 120

5 A Tale of Three States: What Happens When States Invest Strategically (or Don't) 131

The Cases of Connecticut and North Carolina: Strategic Resources Used Well 132

The Case of California: When Mismanagement Meets Aggressive Neglect 146

The Moral of the Stories 161

6 Steady Work: How Countries Build Successful Systems 163

The Finnish Success Story 164

Korea's Climb to Extraordinary Attainment 173

How Singapore Became a "Learning Nation" 181

Educational Leap Frog: The Common Practices of Steeply Improving Countries 192

7 Doing What Matters Most: Developing Competent Teaching 194

A Global Contrast 197

Building an Infrastructure for Quality Teaching 206

8 Organizing for Success: From Inequality to Quality 234

The Need for Major Redesign 237

Designing Schools for Teaching and Learning 240

Creating Systems of Successful Schools 264

9 Policy for Quality and Equality: Toward Genuine School Reform 278

Meaningful Student Learning 281

Intelligent, Reciprocal Accountability 300

Equitable and Adequate Resources 309

Strong Professional Practice 313

Schools Organized for Student and Teacher Learning 324

Conclusion 327

Notes 329

References 343

Index 375

About the Author 393

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The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JoLeyden More than 1 year ago
Nook complaints aside, this book is a valuable read in the discussion on education reform.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please get this in the nook format!