The Flat World and Education

Darling-Hammond differentiates in this video between short term ‘popcorn’ reforms and those based around a long term, ongoing commitment to improvement. I love the popcorn analogy – lots of instant appeal, but ultimately light weight and lacking in real nourishment. Most of all, her ideas appeal due to the systems emphasis and the need for communities and politicians to move past the temptation of the quick fix. For me, the big question of how we can create systems that effectively support continual change and improvement seems of fundamental importance.


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