Academic journal article Childhood Education

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

Academic journal article Childhood Education

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

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THE FLAT WORLD AND EDUCATION: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future. Linda Darling-Hammond. New York, Teachers College Press, 2010. 328 pp. Paperback, $21.95. Linda Darling-Hammond is an internationally respected education expert who is currently the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network at Stanford. In this, her latest book, she discusses what those of us in education are continually hearing--the United States is a sinking ship as far as education is concerned. Early in the book, Darling-Hammond states, "We cannot just bail ourselves out of this [educational and economic] crisis. We must teach our way out" (p. 3). Darling-Hammond tells the reader there is hope on the horizon to be found in looking at and learning from highly successful countries, such as Finland, Singapore, and Korea; successful states, such as Connecticut and North Carolina; and many successful schools around the United States.

Darling-Hammond emphasizes the critical importance of focusing on and investing in the development of highly competent teachers. She also notes important policy and procedural changes that need to be made in the United States in order to emulate the successes of high-achieving schools both within and outside the country. …

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