"I would suggest that for anyone seriously interested in the future of American education, in the issues that have consumed us and are under public discussion, this book is a near invaluable resource." --Kenneth J. Bernstein, Daily Kos
"Below C Level is a common sense and very readable diagnosis of our many educational challenges." --Susan Furhman, President, Teachers College,Columbia University
"An exciting, upsetting, galvanizing book...You won't agree with everything he says, but it will force you to think harder about our schools than any of us have done in some time." --Jay Mathews, Washington Post
"In five vividly written sections, Below C Level
offers a scathing assessment of the current school system and lays out Merrow's vision for creating effective schools." --Teachers College News
About the Author
John Merrow 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), 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. He received the Harold W. Mcgraw Prize in Education in 2012, 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.