The Flat World and Education
How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future
AUTHOR: Darling-Hammond, Linda and Bentley, Dana Frantz
PUBLISHER: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
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Drawing on her broad experience, Darling-Hammond examines the roots of the U.S. 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 colour, 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 U.S., Darling-Hammond offers a coherent approach for effective reform that focusses on creating successful systems, inducting and supporting quality teachers, designing effecting schools, establishing strong professional practice, and providing equitable and sufficient resources. The Flat World and Education lays out what the U.S. needs to do in order to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools that ensures every child the right to learn.
PUBLICATION DATE: 8/4/2009
CATEGORY: Business & Economics, Education, Political Science