The United States conducts more education research than any other country. But that output hasn’t translated into a world-class education system. Now, a prominent academic has formed a California-based think tank with the goal of improving that sorry record by putting research results to better use.
It won’t be easy. Education reform is a crowded field riven by competing ideologies. But Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emeritus of education at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, says the new Learning Policy Institute, unveiled yesterday, hopes to temper the partisan nature of those debates by making the latest research accessible to policymakers when they need it—and in language that they can understand.
“Research can’t solve deep ideological divides,” says Darling-Hammond, a former president of the American Educational Research Association and long-time adviser to federal and state education officials. “But if you can provide an honest appraisal of the research, and serve as an honest broker, I think you can make contributions that are viewed as helpful by all the parties involved.” The new institute, she promises, will “put more boots on the ground, to make sure that the research is getting translated and available at the moment when it is needed.”Continue Reading »