Monday, February 27, 2012

Linda Darling Hammond with Dan Rather

  • Everyone should care about countries like Finland that have found progressive ways to improve their education system.
  • States and provinces in Canada and the United States are often the same geographic and population sizes as progressive countries such as Finland, Singapore and Korea. This is important because the responsibilities for education in Canada and the US are at the provincial and state governments. 
  • There are very large, high achieving countries such as Canada and Australia who have very diverse populations that are pursuing very different education reforms than the United States.
  • One of the America's greatest failures is their lack of equity.
  • 1 in 100 people in America are in prison. America risks becoming a Prison Nation unless every citizen is afforded the opportunity to be successful. There is a school-to-prison-pipeline in America.
  • Education is not a private-good -- it's a public-good.
  • We all benefit or we all hurt -- depending on the quality of education other people's kids get.
  • Californians pay $50,000 a year on an in-mate when they could have paid $10,000 a year to give an education. Most inmates are high school drop-outs and functionally illiterate.

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