Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her most recent book is The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Teachers College Press). She recently served as the leader of President Obama's education policy transition team.
The new version of the federal education law would further entrench the problems besetting schools that serve poor and minority children.
With the nation's public education system under siege, the need for qualified teachers who are committed to creating exciting and empowering schools is more urgent than ever.
Forget quick fixes. To compete internationally, we need to improve the whole system.