By Linda Darling-Hammond c. 2010
This is an excellent explanation of how the opportunity gap is constructed, and new standards
and testing can lead to narrowing of the gap for the disadvantaged while expanding the
opportunities for the more advantaged in our society.
Chapter 6 is especially strong in explaining how countries build strong teaching & learning
systems, with clear understanding of the factors leading to the high PISA international test
scores for Finland, Korea, and Singapore. One comes away with a more pragmatic understanding of
international standards, curriculum and assessments.
There is an emphasis on the position of doing what matters most, which is developing competent
teaching and infusing collaboration, planning and professional development into the school day.
Darling-Hammond has been a resource for educational policy and reform in the Obama administration,
and her perspective is a significant read.