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The Influence of Teachers: Reflections on Teaching and Leadership Paperback – January 14, 2011
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"Anyone seriously interested in school reform should read this book."
--Christopher Cerf, co-creator, Between the Lions (PBS), & 2010 McGraw Prize in Education recipient
"'Must' reading for policymakers and practitioners alike."
--Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and author of The Global Achievement Gap
"A stunningly balanced and penetrating analysis of our schools and the challenges we face in fixing them."
--John Seely Brown, author of A New Culture of Learning & former Director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
"A truly interesting and thought-provoking book that raises all the important questions and also points to some answers."
--Dorothy Stoneman, Founder of Youthbuild
"No one has tracked [public education's] decline and the struggle to reverse it with more zeal or a clearer mind than John Merrow."
--Robert MacNeil, author of Wordstruck & former anchor, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
About 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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The only real weakness is that Merrow does not tap into the huge body of experience from the Information/Innovation Revolution and research outside of education over the past 30 years. This work provides a powerful perspective on the education field that does not inform Merrow's analysis. For example, motivation research nails the weaknesses of merit pay, insights into the artificial social nature of school deeply inform the analysis of bullying, the empowered team model can transform school organization and effectiveness, etc. But education lives in its own through-the-looking-glass world, and Merrow is certainly not alone in being unaware of these real-world perspectives. Maybe they are topics for the next book.
All in all, an excellent read.
The writing is clear, however, and the author makes valid points. With a different title we'd give it 5 stars.
forces (hidden and apparent) that shape the learning environment for kids and teachers. This volume speaks volumes about his depth and breadth in understanding and communicating about teaching and leadersip.