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The Influence of Teachers

From Newbies To Veterans, What Do Teachers Want?

John Merrow | Posted 07.10.2011 | Education
John Merrow

In the clamor, the voices of regular classroom teachers are difficult to hear, which is why I am devoting this blog to them. With apologies to Sigmund Freud, "What do teachers want?"

Can U.S. Teachers Truly Be 'Nation Builders?'

John Merrow | Posted 05.31.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Are American teachers "nation builders?" Could they be? What tools does a "Nation Builder" (or any other builder) need to be able to get the job done?

David Kirp, Susan Szachowicz and Lessons From WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Whether this two-day event was excessively celebratory is the question on my mind. Why spend two days in a conflict-free zone when the situation in schools is dire?

E.D. Hirsch, Linda Katz, and Mike Smith Weigh in on Reading Development

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Focusing on vocabulary drill can lead educators to forget how kids in affluent homes actually acquire their wonderful lexicon.

The Influence of John Merrow on an Urban Teacher

John Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Many times, I found myself wanting to skip to the final pages and see Merrow's bottom line.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading's Newest Efforts

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

While a staggering 91 percent of African American boys are below grade level in reading in third grade, this is not a racial issue. It's a national crisis: 83 percent of ALL low-income children are behind.

20 Years On, The Influence Of Teach For America Is A Mixed Bag

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

There's no question that Wendy Kopp and Teach for America have changed the landscape and made a significant contribution. But let's not pretend that it's all good or all bad.

Required Reading: Six Education Titles Not to be Missed

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

February is a great month for books about education, with very readable releases from John Seely Brown, Richard Whitmire, Ron Dietel, Alexander Russo, and Gene Maeroff.