The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership

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How can schools and teachers change to keep up with the current educational landscape, a world in which young people must learn how to ask the right questions, not merely parrot back the 'right' answers? In this urgent and insightful book, John Merrow draws on his experience as a reporter for PBS and NPR to examine this question and others, and offer possibilities and solutions for a new education system. Told through warm storytelling and compelling case studies, Merrow paints a vibrant and inspiring picture of ...
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Overview

How can schools and teachers change to keep up with the current educational landscape, a world in which young people must learn how to ask the right questions, not merely parrot back the 'right' answers? In this urgent and insightful book, John Merrow draws on his experience as a reporter for PBS and NPR to examine this question and others, and offer possibilities and solutions for a new education system. Told through warm storytelling and compelling case studies, Merrow paints a vibrant and inspiring picture of why and how we must transform - not reform - our schools.
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Editorial Reviews

Annie Fox
This is the best book about education I've ever read.

I love books that make me think in new ways. I especially appreciate those that shine a well-informed light on the political and social dynamics of institutions that affect children...

I urge you to read The Influence of Teachers. Encourage parents, teachers, administrators, superintendents to do the same.
Gerilyn Slicker
A compilation of interviews, op-eds, blog posts, and stories drawn from journalist/educator John Merrow’s own experience, this self-published book frames the debate around teacher quality in a spunky, fun-to-read way. Writing in a style that blends journalism with story-telling, Merrow deploys his material to discuss tenure, charter schooling, the leadership shortage, and more. Whether you agree with Merrow’s conclusions or not, he provides an enjoyable, highly readable text.
A. Graham Down
[Merrow] deals with many of the hot-button issues by drawing on his own experiences as a student at the Taft School and his subsequent encounters in the less privileged world of urban education…All this is good stuff, even if we have heard about most of it from other sources. What is fresh, however, are his recommendations in his concluding chapter... Such changes would be revolutionary and are desperately needed. Thank you, John Merrow, for reminding us.
Jack Kennedy
Several things set John Merrow aside and make his current book eminently readable by academicians, policymakers or simply parents who want the school down the street to be better, more lively, perhaps. His visual, cautious but hopeful, on-the-scene writing style mirrors what he would like to see in schools. He has firsthand knowledge from a variety of educational professionals--from those with experience to first-year plebes.
Joe Nathan
Would busy Minnesota teachers classify veteran educational journalist John Merrow’s new book, The Influence of Teachers, as liberal or conservative, pro or anti-teacher? Probably not. Two of the best words are “pragmatic and provocative.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615431727
  • Publisher: LM Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,527,109
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

In September 2012, John Merrow became the first journalist to receive education's highest honor, the McGraw Prize in Education. He began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio nearly 40 years ago with the weekly series, "Options in Education," for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. He is currently Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City.

Since 1984, he has worked in public television as a NewsHour Correspondent and as host of his own series of documentaries. His work has been recognized with Peabody Awards in 2000 and 2006, Emmy nominations in 1984, 2005, and 2007, four CINE Golden Eagles and other reporting awards. An occasional contributor to USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of The Influence of Teachers (2011) and Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005).

Merrow earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in American Studies from Indiana University, and a doctorate in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Among his awards are a Lifetime Achievement Award From the Academy Of Education Arts And Sciences in 2012, the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education in 2000, the HGSE Alumni Council Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in 2006, The Horace Dutton Taft Medal in 2010, and honorary doctorates from Richard Stockton College (NJ) and Paul Smith's College (NY).

He lives in New York City with his wife, Joan Lonergan, the Head of the Hewitt School.

John Merrow blogs regularly at Taking Note: Thoughts on Education.

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