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



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The Flat World and Education offers an eye-opening wake-up call concerning America's future and vividly illustrates what the United States needs to do in order to build a system of high-achieving and equitable schools that ensures every child the right to learn. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her books include The Right to Learn, Professional Development Schools, Learning to Teach for Social Justice, and Authentic Assessment in Action.

Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Flat World, Educational Inequality, and America's Futurep. 1
Education in Our Flat and Changing Worldp. 3
How America Is Losing Groundp. 8
How Policy Can Matterp. 18x
The Legacy of Educational Inequalityp. 23
What Must Be Done?p. 26
The Anatomy of Inequality: How the Opportunity Gap Is Constructedp. 27
Poverty and Lack of Social Supportsp. 31
Limited Early Learning Opportunitiesp. 33
Resegregation and Unequal Schoolingp. 35
Unequal Access to Qualified Teachersp. 40
Lack of Access to High-Quality Curriculump. 51
Dysfunctional Learning Environmentsp. 62
New Standards and Old Inequalities: How Testing Narrows and Expands the Opportunity Gapp. 66
The Prospects and Pitfalls of Standards-Based Reformp. 67
Testing Without Investingp. 73
When New Standards Meet Ongoing Inequalitiesp. 81
Inequality on Trial: Does Money Make a Difference?p. 99
The Legality of Unequal School Fundingp. 103
How Money Makes a Differencep. 105
Litigating for Adequacyp. 111
Under What Conditions Can Money Matter?p. 120
A Tale of Three States: What Happens When States Invest Strategically (or Don't)p. 131
The Cases of Connecticut and North Carolina: Strategic Resources Used Wellp. 132
The Case of California: When Mismanagement Meets Aggressive Neglectp. 146
The Moral of the Storiesp. 161
Steady Work: How Countries Build Successful Systemsp. 163
The Finnish Success Storyp. 164
Koreas Climb to Extraordinary Attainmentp. 173
How Singapore Became a "Learning Nation"p. 181
Educational Leap Frog: The Common Practices of Steeply Improving Countriesp. 192
Doing What Matters Most: Developing Competent Teachingp. 194
A Global Contrastp. 197
Building an Infrastructure for Quality Teachingp. 206
Organizing for Success: From Inequality to Qualityp. 234
The Need for Major Redesignp. 237
Designing Schools for Teaching and Learningp. 240
Creating Systems of Successful Schoolsp. 264
Policy for Quality and Equality: Toward Genuine School Reformp. 278
Meaningful Student Learningp. 281
Intelligent, Reciprocal Accountabilityp. 300
Equitable and Adequate Resourcesp. 309
Strong Professional Practicep. 313
Schools Organized for Student and Teacher Learningp. 324
Conclusionp. 327
Notesp. 329
Referencesp. 343
Indexp. 375
About the Authorp. 393
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