Citing a disconnect between education research and policy, renowned Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond has launched a new education think tank, the Learning Policy Institute, with offices in Palo Alto and Washington.
“It is time to get serious about how to support and enable our education system to respond to the massive changes in learning that some other nations’ systems have been addressing more systematically, with much better results, over the last two decades,” Darling-Hammond wrote in her announcement in The Huffington Post on Sept. 3.
A one-time education adviser to President Obama, Darling-Hammond has become increasingly critical of the administration’s education policies, especially its push to evaluate schools and teachers based on students’ standardized test scores.
Standardized tests, Darling-Hammond argues, do not adequately measure students’ critical thinking or deeper learning.
“Rather than memorizing material from static textbooks, our young people need to learn how to become analysts and investigators who can work with knowledge they themselves assemble to solve complex problems we have not managed to solve,” she wrote in her announcement of the new think tank.
Equity in education and child poverty also will be important themes for the institute.
“Today, the U.S. system provides the most unequal educational inputs and outcomes in the industrialized world,” Darling-Hammond wrote. “Inequality is the single most fundamental reason for our country’s lackluster performance.”
The Washington Post, Sept. 3
The Huffington Post, Sept. 3