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John Merrow

The Secret to Success (Hint: It's Not Success Academies)

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Critics claim, with ample evidence, that a combination of self-selection for admission, high suspension rates and high expulsion rates distill the Success student body to those who are more likely to do well on tests and thereby burnish their reputation.

Moskowitz's Letter to Merrow: What She Reveals and Omits

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In her letter to John Merrow, Eva Moskowitz showed that in order to protect the reputation of Success Academies, she is willing to publicly release the specifics of a student's disciplinary file without parental permission.

Moskowitz's 'Suspension' Academy's Code of Misconduct

Alan Singer | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Merrow also reported the suspension rates at Success Academy Charter schools are almost three times higher than in regular New York City K-12 public schools. Other studies have found similarly disproportionately high suspension rates at Success Academy schools.

Who Co-Created 'Michelle Rhee'?

John Thompson | Posted 06.24.2013 | DC
John Thompson

John Merrow's article "Michelle Rhee's Reign of Error" produced the confidential memo warning Michelle Rhee of the extent of cheating that may have occurred in Washington D.C. schools. Merrow's "Who Created 'Michelle Rhee'?" pushes the conversation further.

What Did the Billionaires Know about Cheating in D.C. Schools, and When Did They Know It?

John Thompson | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Corporate "reformers" have continued to support Rhee's test-driven "reforms" and her attacks on the teaching profession. What will they do now that there is proof that Rhee and her successors turned a blind eye to cheating?

Joy Resmovits

Rhee Cheating Investigation Dregs Up Old Memos | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

More than five years after Michelle Rhee took over Washington, D.C., public schools, and nearly three years after she left her position as chancellor,...

Is This Education Model Replicable?

John Merrow | Posted 02.28.2013 | Education
John Merrow

Rocketship Schools -- currently seven in all -- are among the top performing low income schools in the state of California.

Schools Matter

John Merrow | Posted 02.01.2013 | Education
John Merrow

Some teachers can't cut it and don't belong in classrooms, but the vast majority of them I have observed in 38 years as a reporter are hardworking and dedicated. They want to succeed.

Let's Build Schools Worthy of American Democracy

John Thompson | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
John Thompson

To build an education system for the 21st century, we must get back to our roots and visualize schools that are worthy of American democracy.

On Early College High School and Community College Remediation

John Merrow | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I just wanted to drop in and "blog" -- it's mostly a showcasing of videos, hence it being in quotes -- about two of our recent pieces for PBS NewsHou...

A Pot Luck Meal Of Ideas

John Merrow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Remember pot-luck suppers, when everyone brought a dish or two? What follows is the the equivalent -- although substituting ideas for food. Because t...

Two Poems for the Month of Testing

John Merrow | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
John Merrow

For many public school students and perhaps for teachers as well, April is the cruelest month of the school calendar. April days that are not devoted to 'test prep' are spent on testing itself. And some of what is going on in this crazy month defies the imagination.

But, Who Will Design the Robots?

John Merrow | Posted 06.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Stressing the basics is no way to make sure that we will produce people to create the future. We need schools that encourage the imagination, that allow and support deep learning, and that fan the sparks of creativity -- not stomp out the fires.

A Trifecta Of Sins

John Merrow | Posted 06.05.2012 | Education
John Merrow

In the face of this disheartening news, one has to ask, "who benefits?" I'm stumped. Certainly not children, parents and teachers.

A Tale of Three Teachers

John Merrow | Posted 05.30.2012 | Education
John Merrow

We need to make it more difficult to become a teacher, which we could do by raising standards for admission into training programs and then providing one-year apprenticeships before teachers are given their own classrooms.

Scared Sleepless

John Merrow | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
John Merrow

"My son can't sleep at night." Why? "Because his teacher told him that he had to do well on the tests this week or she would be fired.." Scaring the sleep out of a child is surely an example of distortion and corruption. So too is firing people based on the snapshot of one day's bubble test score.

Digital Natives, Or Digital Citizens?

John Merrow | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Schools today must provide opportunities for young people to create knowledge out of the swirling clouds of information that surround them 24/7. You went to school because that's where the knowledge was stored. That was yesterday.

Drowning in a Rising Tide of...

John Merrow | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
John Merrow

The real problem is not the Constitution's limits on the federal role in education. For all its talk of public education as 'the civil rights issue of our time," this Administration, like the one before it, simply does not have a powerful vision of what genuine education might be.

A Simple Innovation: Spend the Money Wisely

John Merrow | Posted 04.11.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Why is the notion of trying to give poor kids the opportunities that rich kids take for granted anti-American?

What Do Teachers Do?

John Merrow | Posted 04.02.2012 | Education
John Merrow

I am still searching for the one right word to describe teachers today. Reviewing the candidates: competitors, policemen, social workers, surrogate parents, counselors, health care providers, nutritionists and ringmasters.

A Modest Proposal to Save Test Prep

John Merrow | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
John Merrow

When California Governor Jerry Brown recently called for fewer standardized tests and less time on test preparation, he probably expected to be praised. Instead, his proposal has been greeted with cries of outrage from teachers, administrators, and students.

10 Education Pieces From 2011

John Merrow | Posted 03.13.2012 | Education
John Merrow

With 2012 off to a strong start, we wanted to quickly look back on 2011 and showcase some of the production work that my organization, Learning Matters, did last year.

In Education, Back to Basics

John Merrow | Posted 03.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Lately I have been lying awake at night thinking about basic skills. To be precise, I am wondering what you -- or I -- would do if we were in charge of getting America "back to basics" in education.

Education Predictions for 2012

John Merrow | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Because this is an election year, the politics of public education are even crazier than usual, meaning that serious debate over the federal role in education won't occur in 2012.

Learning Matters Plays a Vital Role in Education Reporting

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 02.21.2012 | Impact
Esther Wojcicki

For 16 years Learning Matters with John Merrow has been showing the nation what's really happening in public education at all levels. Learning Matters...