Around Town | April 15, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - April 15, 2011

Around Town

HOT OFF THE PRESS ... President Barack Obama was the very first recipient of Linda Darling-Hammond's new book recommending ways to fix America's "slipping" education system, the Stanford University professor of education told a campus audience this week. "I told him I'd give him a test that will not be a multiple-choice test it will be a 'performance assessment,'" Darling-Hammond said in a jab at the fill-in-the-bubble mentality she believes has led to a narrowing of horizons for American students. Darling-Hammond headed Obama's education transition team and reportedly was on the short list for his Secretary of Education pick. She examines strategies among the most important, investing in teachers that have led to school systems in Finland, Singapore and South Korea rising to the top of the international charts in her new book, "The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future."

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