Academic journal article Language Arts

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

Academic journal article Language Arts

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 by Linda Darling-Hammond, Teachers College Press, 2010, 240 pp., ISBN 978-0-80774962-3

Linda Darling-Hammond's book, The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future, reveals the serious and potentially calamitous consequences of "our continuing comfort with profound inequality" (p. 8) in the American education system. She asserts that the funding structure of our education system perpetuates institutionalized racism and classism and creates disparities that have caused education in the United States to decline "while more focused nations move rapidly ahead" (p. 9). In light of the "flat and changing" world in which we live, America cannot afford to fail our students, in part because they will eventually become our workforce-a workforce that will have to compete with other workforces around the globe.

This compelling and easy-to-follow text explores the nature and causes of the opportunity gap-"the accumulated differences in access to key educational resources" (p. 28). Darling-Hammond uncovers the history of the opportunity gap in the United States, tracing it back to segregation and a factory-based model of education designed to sort students into professions deemed appropriate for their given race or class. …

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