John Merrow offers his thoughts on NBC’s Education Nation 2011.
by John Merrow on 28. Sep, 2011 in 2012 Presidential race, Arne Duncan, David Brooks, Diane Ravitch, Early Childhood Education, Education Nation, Education Wars, Educational Language, Last In First Out, Politics, Pre-K Education, Preschool, President Obama, Standardized tests, Teacher Training, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, joel klein, media, new york city, teachers unions, teaching, technology
by John Merrow on 24. Aug, 2011 in Arne Duncan, Diane Ravitch, Early Childhood Education, Education Wars, Educational Language, Fred Rogers, Last In First Out, Op-ed, Politics, Pre-K Education, Preschool, President Obama, Standardized tests, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, joel klein, media, race, reading, teachers unions, teaching, technology
John Merrow looks at Steven Brill’s new book.
by John Merrow on 03. Aug, 2011 in 2012 Presidential race, Arne Duncan, Cheating, Early Childhood Education, Education Wars, Educational Language, Last In First Out, Michelle Rhee, Politics, Pre-K Education, President Obama, Save Our Schools March And Rally, Standardized tests, Testing, The Influence of Teachers, innovation, joel klein, pbs newshour, race, reading, teachers unions, teaching
John Merrow on the Atlanta cheating scandal, the rise of testing, the Save Our Schools rally, and much more.
by John Merrow on 28. Jun, 2011 in Arne Duncan, Early Childhood Education, Educational Language, Fred Rogers, Michelle Rhee, Politics, President Obama, TFA, Testing, innovation, joel klein, media, school reform, teaching
John nominated four people for the title of “Most Influential Educator in America” as spring turned to summer — Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, Big Bird and Wendy Kopp. In this blog entry, he fleshes out each candidate and names some new contenders, while inviting readers to weigh in.
John Merrow blogs on fundamental changes to No Child Left Behind, how America should begin regarding teachers differently (in the context of his new book), the notion of ‘letting students rule the school’ and two new education books of note.
On a flight from New York to California, John Merrow strikes up a dialogue with a man in the restaurant business who has two young sons. As they chat about methods of education, it becomes obvious that the many other systems — for example, the restaurant industry — are responding to basic demand models and truths far better than education. Plus: a report from Merrow’s first book party for The Influence of Teachers.
Much has been made of Joel Klein’s influence on New York City’s public schools over his 8 years as Chancellor. Most of the words have been kind, and deservedly so. After all, he took on a huge and hidebound system and began whacking away on day one, pausing only occasionally to catch a breath.
Combative by nature, Mr. Klein could bristle at the drop of an inference. Always well prepared, Mr. Klein dazzled with numbers, and, when the numbers didn’t support his case, he found other ways to attack.
His critics—and there are many—discount the academic achievements Mr. Klein boasted about, particularly after the flabby nature of the tests was exposed, leading to a re-grading of many public schools here. They say he was obsessed with test scores and didn’t pay enough attention to genuine learning. He maintains that he was the first to raise doubts about the tests.
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