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The Flat World and Education


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Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond is currently Charles E. Ducommun professor of education at Stanford University, where she founded and oversees the School Redesign Network. The program works across the nation to transform schools to teach 21st-century skills and support student success through innovations in district and school redesign, as well as in curriculum, teaching, and assessment. She also founded and co-directs the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, which conducts research and policy analysis on issues affecting educational equity and opportunity. Recently, Darling-Hammond was named one of the nation's ten most influential people affecting educational policy over the past decade, and she served as the leader of President Barack Obama's education policy transition team.Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association, a two-term member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and a member of the National Academy of Education. She served on the White House Advisory Panel's Resource Group for the National Education Goals, the National Academy's Panel on the Future of Educational Research, the Academy's Committee on Teacher Education, and on the boards of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Spencer Foundation, the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, the Center for Teaching Quality, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and the National Council for Educating Black Children.


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

Contains a valuable lode of practical and research-based advice about how to improve our schools. -- Washington Post

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

Given the accessible and yet sophisticated way that Darling-Hammond analyzes past educational reform efforts and provides policy direction for the future, it is no surprise that many in the field of education had hoped that she would become the Secretary of Education under President Obama. -- Teachers College Record

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...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. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is a work I wish would be read and absorbed by all who are attempting to 'reform' our schools" -- Daily Kos

"Darling-Hammond's book gives us an idea of where we could have been headed if she were in charge of the country's education policy." -- The Washington Post-The Answer Sheet

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