In this 9-minute Edutopia video clip,  teaching scholar Linda Darling Hammond sorts though all the international student assessment data and makes the case that education policymakers in the U.S. need to shift their focus to actions that support the teaching of higher order thinking and problem-solving, if we expect to compete in the global economy. And she does this without bashing teachers, principals or parents. That’s refreshing indeed.

In her new book The Flat World and Education, Darling Hammond describes a system of teacher development and support that recognizes the central role of the highly trained teacher in success for all students. “This is very eye-opening,” wrote one teacher-commenter after viewing the video. “She is very clear and is not presenting some new trendy reform for improvement but excellent observations…relying on the foundation of data.”

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