- Series: Multicultural Education
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Teachers College Press; 31752nd edition (January 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807749621
- ISBN-13: 978-0807749623
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education) Paperback – January 15, 2010
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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.
Contains a valuable lode of practical and research-based advice about how to improve our schools. --Washington Post<br \><br \>There are few who are as strong as Darling-Hammond in using and analyzing statistical data and scholarship...and in fighting for educational equity; when she talks about leaving no child behind, she truly means it. This book is a must for graduate education students, educators, [and] policy makers...Essential. --CHOICE Magazine<br \><br \>Darling-Hammond identifies the policies and the practices that could turn the tide from educational mediocrity to educational excellence for all if we only had the will. --The School Administrator
There are few who are as strong as Darling-Hammond in using and analyzing statistical data and scholarship...and in fighting for educational equity; when she talks about leaving no child behind, she truly means it. This book is a must for graduate education students, educators, [and] policy makers...Essential. --CHOICE Magazine
Darling-Hammond identifies the policies and the practices that could turn the tide from educational mediocrity to educational excellence for all if we only had the will. --The School Administrator
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The hopeful news is that Linda lays out a pretty clear roadmap for moving forward and discusses several countries and states that have improved their outcomes through deliberate attention to equity. Since it is true that the grass gets greener where you water it, an equity focus over time will not only increase outcomes for the students who are the most behind, it will increase outcomes for all students. There is a lot of talk and confusion about equity in education circles today. This book focuses on the true definition of equity which is the ability to meet the needs of individual students and provide the support each child needs to be successful. You can design a public education system that does exactly that. Linda not only explains it, but shows examples of where it has been done successfully. Achievement gaps are not inherent. They can be addressed, and a focus on equity is how that happens.
Read it and weep. I did. I hope we can learn from this masterpiece here in Oregon.