Category Archives: Education

Herein, there is a discussion of the state of the American education system, using as a foundation Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond’s The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

Christian Nationalism? Nope!

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  It is irrefutable that the founders of the new republic respected an individual’s freedom in terms … Continue reading

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The Father of Black History

Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), the son of enslaved parents, was unable to attend high school until he was a few months’ shy of his twentieth birthday in 1895.  He was forced to work hard labor for many years prior to enrolment at … Continue reading

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A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

Whether or not we like the decision each woman makes is one thing; however, removing the right to make the choice is unconscionable.  Continue reading

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The Flat World & Education: Ch. 7 Summary

CHAPTER SEVEN: “Doing What Matters Most: Developing Competent Teaching” According to Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, the development of competent teachers should not be left to chance.  She suggests formulating a framework that consists of strong professional preparation programs, the distribution of … Continue reading

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The Flat World & Education: Chs. 5 & 6 Summary

CHAPTER FIVE: “A Tale of Three States: What Happens When States Invest Strategically (or Don’t)” In this chapter, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond utilizes three states to emphasize further how good uses of resources can lead to successful student achievement.  Connecticut and … Continue reading

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The Flat World & Education: Ch. 4 Summary

Chapter 4: “Inequality on Trial: Does Money Make a Difference?” Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond takes the points with which she was dealing in the previous chapter and addresses funding issues.  She looks at the financial support structures that award schools, and … Continue reading

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The Flat World & Education: Ch. 3 Summary

CHAPTER THREE: “New Standards and Old Inequalities: How Testing Narrows and Expands the Opportunity Gap” When schools focus on test scores, the author demonstrates, the end result is that curriculum and instruction changes—paralleling test content, format, and cognitive demands, rather … Continue reading

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The Flat World & Education: Chs. 1 & 2 Summary

CHAPTER ONE: “The Flat World, Educational Inequality, and America’s Future” The author demonstrates how our present school system is based on an antiquated model designed for students who would eventually work in factories.  Providing basic skills to young pupils might … Continue reading

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NATURE V. NURTURE

The racial disparities in academic achievement in grade school are so vast that it is all too easy to arrive at a genetic explanation for them.  Such a conclusion is certainly wrong, but many are hard pressed to disprove it.  … Continue reading

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INTRODUCTION

The public school system in the United States needs serious overhauling, if this country is going to compete in the global marketplace of ideas.  We can adopt the language of our president, taken from the prophetic utterance of the Rev. … Continue reading

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