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

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As America enters the 21st century, U.S. students continue to slip behind in the world's rankings in science and math. Yet, at the same time, state prison budgets are increasing nearly three times as fast as budgets for education. In her new book, Linda Darling-Hammond, a chief education advisor to President Barack Obama, a bestselling author, and a nationally recognized leader in education reform, explores how America's performance globally is linked to the minority-majority achievement gap at home.
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Editorial Reviews

Daine Ravitch
…contains a valuable lode of practical and research-based advice about how to improve our schools…[Darling-Hammond] reviews what the top-performing school systems around the world do to get great results.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Examining in detail issues like equality of spending, testing in K-12 education, and teacher preparation, Stanford education professor Darling-Hammond (The Right to Learn) makes a clear, organized argument that, "like manufacturing industries that have struggled and gone under in recent decades, modern schools were designed at the turn of the last century," and are in desperate need of transformation. Using a straightforward style to examine complex issues, Darling-Hammond reveals the successful educational strategies around the world that are toppling the old educational guard, including a high degree of personalization that allows stronger, closer relationships among students, faculty, staff, and parents. Darling-Hammond doesn't shy away from difficult questions at the heart of seemingly-intractable academic issues; for example, "How is it that scores have been driven upward on the state tests required by No Child Left Behind, yet they have dropped on... international measures?" Scholarly and factual, well-researched and packed with astounding examples of the current climate of American education, this text should prove highly informative for educators, educational administrators, and involved parents throughout the U.S.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749623
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Multicultural Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 64,205
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted February 20, 2014

    Nook complaints aside, this book is a valuable read in the discu

    Nook complaints aside, this book is a valuable read in the discussion on education reform.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Nook book PLEASE!!

    Please get this in the nook format!

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